By Greg Bennett
A 88-foot steel construction ketch that languished for years in Shelburne will be put up for auction by the Shelburne Port Authority on Sept. 5.
The Tyger 709 was one of three derelict boats dealt with earlier this year by the town. Two other boats were demolished, but the Tyger was brought on land to be stored. A bill of more than $10,000 was then sent to the boat’s Yarmouth owner for its removal.
Town of Shelburne CAO Dylan Heide says they have had no payment or communication from the owner since then. The vessel’s owner was also in arrears for berthage fees.
The boat was originally removed from the town wharf because port officials no longer wanted to worry about the vessel potentially sinking at the wharf; and causing a much larger problem. The Shelburne Volunteer Fire Department had responded to numerous calls over the years from derelict boats taking on water at the wharf.
The Tyger, the largest of the three vessels removed, was built in 1963 and displaces more than 130 tonnes.
The auction, which closes at 10 a.m. on Sept. 5, is being handled by TriNav Marine Brokerage.
An advertisement for the vessel on the brokerage’s web site say they are open to offers on the Tyger 709 and describes the vessel as being in poor condition but that it “could be restored to its former glory.”
The port authority reserves the right to bid in the auction.