Owner Watches Connecticut Town Cut Up Boat
August 21, 2012
Stamford Advocate: A piece of family history was lost last week as a wooden boat was cut up at Connecticut’s Cos Cob harbor, but some of it will live on for military buffs who restore World War II landing craft.
Town workers cut up the Mudhen, a boat owned by Deputy Fire Marshal Shawn McDonnell, after the town decided it could no longer sit on town property at the marina because of safety concerns.
The Mudhen is a modified World War II-era landing craft, a LCVP (or landing craft, vehicle, personnel), McDonnell said. His father bought the Navy surplus boat in 1977 and modified it by removing the bow door and replacing it with a traditional bow. They liked the boat because its shallow draft allowed them to get into areas where there was little water.
McDonnell salvaged some of the pieces from the boat to donate to people involved in historical restoration.
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