Nantucket Derelict Boat Saga Continues

According to the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror, the strange saga of the Miss China continues as officials try to figure out a way to remove the boat from the island without breaking the bank (costs could top $20,000).

The Miss China grounded in front of Brant Island Light after her mooring line parted in a late December storm. Then-owner Joe Dooley, a local scalloper who was living aboard the disabled vessel with his 4 dogs, initially refused to abandon the ship, but relented after a few days. A private tugboat was hired to tow the boat to nearby Steamboat Wharf, where it now sits. Apparently, Dooley does not have the funds to pay for the tow operation, and the boat’s engine is inoperable.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Removing the derelict fishing dragger Miss China from Nantucket waters could cost the town as much as $20,000.

The Board of Selectmen will consider a contract next Wednesday with Tucker-Roy Marine Towing & Salvage, a Mattapoisett company, to cover the cost of towing, demolishing and disposing of the Miss China.

The contract is listed at $20,000, but assistant harbormaster Sheila Lucey said the details are still being worked out, and the price could change. The source of the funding is listed as the town’s reserve fund, and a reimbursement from the state Seaport Council.