, Newburyport, MA

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May 13, 2013

Bidders sought for 'ghost ship'


A search was launched but his body was not found.

The sailboat was in working condition when Becker disappeared, and it can berth six people. It is equipped with a Detroit Diesel engine of 50 horsepower.

Prospective bidders can tour the craft by setting up an appointment with Harbormaster Paul Hogg.

Tales of ghost ships have been around docks for many years. A simple definition would be that of a craft upon upon which no one is living, or a derelict ship found on the water with its crew missing or dead.

Numerous paintings and a few movies over the years have been titled “Ghost Ship.” In 2003, the film “Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl,” the Black Pearl was depicted as a “ghost ship.”

Harbor Commission members have made no predictions on the price that might be fetched for the vessel, but Duffin said, “The city put money into this effort, so when a sale is finally made, I don’t know that a huge profit will be realized.”

On another matter relating to boats and navigation, those on the Harbor Commission heard at its Thursday meeting that Hogg is negotiating to buy two large engines to propel the city’s new public-safety craft.

The harbormaster recently obtained a 25-foot boat from the Coast Guard (inventory) for free. However, it has no engines.

Hogg is in the process of negotiating for two large (225-horsepower) outboard engines. When it is outfitted, the craft will be used by police for scuba searches, by the fire department for firefighting tasks and by the harbormaster for all-around search and rescue.





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