Update: Miss China Towed to Nantucket Steamboat Wharf

A tug tows the Miss China to the Steamboat Dock after it was beached on Brant Point. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class James Rhodes, U.S. Coast Guard.

The Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror reports that the Miss China, the 67-foot former fishing boat that washed ashore at Brant Point a week ago after breaking free of its mooring in a post-Christmas storm, has been towed to Steamboat Wharf on Nantucket Harbor by the Coast Guard.

The Miss China beached at Brant Point. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class James Rhodes.

The vessel’s owner, Joe Dooley, had been living aboard the Miss China, which had been occupying a public mooring in Nantucket Harbor since 2007, when it was towed to the island from Hyannis on Cape Cod. Dooley and his 4 dogs voluntarily left the Miss China on Friday, relinquishing authority of the vessel. The town of Nantucket Harbor is now responsible for the boat’s removal.

The Miss China at the wharf after being towed from Brant Point. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class James Rhodes, U.S. Coast Guard.

On Sunday, Dec. 26, the powerless vessel broke free of its mooring and grounded on Brant Point, right in front of the iconic island lighthouse. According to the Inquirer article, an environmental service hired by the Coast Guard is in the process of removing any remaining fuel and sewage from the vessel while it is docked at Steamboat Wharf. Then town and state officials will try to figure out a way to remove the Miss China from the harbor, where apparently it is unwelcome. According to the Inquirer, the Marine Department has engaged Nantucket’s state representative Tim Madden for assistance in pursuing state funds to remove the boat, and will likely utilize a state law passed in 2010 that allows towns to more easily dispose of abandoned boats.

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The Inquirer and Mirror

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