About 2225 on June 10, 1995, the Panamanian passenger ship Royal Majesty grounded on Rose and Crown Shoal about 10 miles east of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. The vessel, with 1,509 persons on board, was en route from St. George’s, Bermuda, to Boston, Massachusetts. Initial attempts to free the vessel were unsuccessful. Deteriorating weather and sea conditions prevented the evacuation of passengers and crewmembers from the vessel.
On June 11, the Royal Majesty, with the aid of five tugboats, was freed from its strand. Initial damage surveys revealed deformation of the vessel’s double bottom hull. However, no penetration or cracking of the hull was detected, and no fuel oil had been spilled. The U.S. Coast Guard gave the vessel permission to proceed to Boston. On June 12, the vessel arrived in Boston and disembarked its passengers. There were no deaths or injuries as a result of this accident. Damage to the vessel and lost revenue, however, were estimated at about $7 million.