Grounded Fishing Vessel Towed from Nantucket’s Brant Point

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. The vessel’s owner, Joe Dooley, lives 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.

On Sunday, Dec. 26, the powerless vessel broke loose from its mooring in high winds and grounded on Brant Point, right in front of the iconic island lighthouse. According to the article, the Coast Guard will remove any fuel and sewage from the vessel while it is docked at Steamship Wharf. Then town and state officials will try to figure out a way to remove the Miss China from the island, where apparently it is unwelcome.

Here’s an excerpt from the Inquirer and Mirror story of a few days ago:

Joe Dooley voluntarily left his grounded fishing dragger Miss China on Friday after spending nearly a week holed up inside with his 4 dogs, and the Coast Guard announced a plan to tow the 67-foot boat to the Steamboat Wharf as early as Monday morning at high tide.

Coast Guard Station Brant Point senior chief T.J. Malvesti said the Miss China is structurally sound enough to attempt a tow, and his superiors have contracted the private tugboat Tucker Roy, out of Mattapoisett, for the job. Malvesti said he was unsure how much the effort would cost the Coast Guard at this point, but would likely know the final price tag next week.

Read the full story:

Nantucket Inquirer & Mirror

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