Derelict Fishing Vessel Towed to New Bedford, Mass.

The derelict wooden fishing dragger Miss China that was abandoned in Nantucket Harbor after washing ashore off Brant Point has been towed to New Bedford Harbor by Tucker-Roy Marine Towing and Salvage of Mattapoisett, Mass. According to owner Conrad Roy, the boat will be dismantled once he receives a check from the Town of Nantucket for his work. The cost of towing and disposing of the Miss China is $20,000.

The 67-foot Miss China was formerly owned by Nantucket scalloper Joe Dooley, who lived aboard the crippled vessel with his 4 dogs until it broke free of its mooring in a pre-Christmas storm and washed ashore. Dooley initially refused to leave the boat, but relented after 4 days.

As Dooley was unable to pay the costs of removing the Miss China, Nantucket taxpayers will have to pick up the tab.

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