On August 13, the 60 foot long fishing vessel Sebastian Sails caught fire while berthed at Twillingate, Newfoundland, Canada. Witnesses spotted smoke rising from the wheelhouse and alerted authorities. Before authorities could respond, the blaze had spread through out the vessel. Explosions and dense black smoke rose from the hull. Nearby fishing vessels were moved safely away from the Sebastian Sails. The fire continued to spread and reached the wharf itself. To reach the burning wharf timbers, fire fighters had to break through concrete and asphalt to reach the flames. After hours of hard work firefighters eventually got the fire under control, but the Sebastian Sails sustained heavy damage.
The superstructure of the fishing vessel had been badly gutted and the vessel later sank at the pier. Authorities state over 50 feet of wharf had been burnt by the fire. No reports of injuries. Booms were placed around the Sebastian Sails to contain any pollution released. Several reports state the Sebastian Sails may be a total loss. The vessel featured on the Canadian Discovery Channel’s TV program Cold Water Cowboys for four seasons.