Putting on my tech writer (and geek humor) hat for a second, this is the first time I've seen the phrasal verb "to ground out" used to mean "to run aground". It's more common to see "to ground" used to mean to run a vessel aground. I got this mental picture of a batter hitting the boat on the ground to an infielder who throws it to first base. I'm trying to visualize the mouth of the Merrimack as a baseball diamond. First base at Butler's Toothpick and third at the lighthouse? How far upriver would you have to hit the boat for a home run?
Other Merrimack River news links:
- WBZ has a picture that gives you a good idea of how big the pipe is. That article has some good video of big yellow vehicles moving sand too.
- More on the high surf from Igor: Distant hurricane stirs up waves, currents along coast.
- Obligatory article about tires, junk, and stuff in the river: Haverhill wants exposed debris removed from river.