The Ocean Pursuit vanishes

By on November 15, 2021

Ocean Pursuit removal progress. (Photos by Cape Hatteras National Seashore)
Ocean Pursuit removal progress on October 26, day two of project. (Photos by Cape Hatteras National Seashore)
Ocean Pursuit removal progress on October 26, day two of project. (Photos by Cape Hatteras National Seashore)
Ocean Pursuit removal progress on October 27, day three of project. (Photos by Cape Hatteras National Seashore)
Ocean Pursuit removal progress on October 27, day three of project. (Photos by Cape Hatteras National Seashore)
Ocean Pursuit removal progress on October 27, day three of project. (Photos by Cape Hatteras National Seashore)
Ocean Pursuit removal progress on October 28, day four of project. (Photos by Cape Hatteras National Seashore)
Ocean Pursuit removal progress on October 29, day five of project. (Photos by Cape Hatteras National Seashore)
Ocean Pursuit removal progress on November 3. (Photos by Cape Hatteras National Seashore)
Ocean Pursuit removal progress on November 5. (Photos by Cape Hatteras National Seashore)
Ocean Pursuit removal progress on November 8. (Photos by Cape Hatteras National Seashore)
Ocean Pursuit removal progress on November 10. (Photos by Cape Hatteras National Seashore)
Ocean Pursuit removal progress on November 11. (Photos by Cape Hatteras National Seashore)
Ocean Pursuit removal progress on November 12. (Photos by Cape Hatteras National Seashore)
Ocean Pursuit removal progress on November 14. (Photos by Cape Hatteras National Seashore)
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(National Park Service)

In late October, the National Park Service (NPS) announced a $295,000 project to remove an abandoned scallop boat from the beach south of Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s Oregon Inlet, with the work expected to take about a month.

The former scallop boat, previously named the Ocean Pursuit and Cameron Scott, ran aground in its present location in early March 2020. It became abandoned after the NPS made unsuccessful attempts to have the owner claim and remove the vessel.

Now, the job is virtually complete. In a Nov. 15 email to the Voice, NPS spokesperson Michael Barber noted that, “Over the weekend, the contractor finished removing the vessel from the beach and started to remove their heavy equipment. The small project area is expected to be closed for another week so the contractor can ensure that all debris is removed and to restore the natural shape and slope to match the surrounding beach.”

 

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Comments

  • Bobby

    Who is the owner who just stuck the American taxpayers for $295k?
    Do they have other vessels? What efforts has the NPS made to collect this money? Are they suing the owner? Was anyone even charged with littering?

    Monday, Nov 15 @ 12:56 pm
  • Bill B

    I hope the NPS will go after the owners for the cost of removal.

    Monday, Nov 15 @ 7:02 pm
  • Chris Smith

    Should have left it there, but just like everything else on the obx they take it away or destroy it. No more mystery on the beach. All the things and places that made this beach what it is are gone. Kiss my ass. This is not progress, it’s sad.

    Monday, Nov 15 @ 8:02 pm
  • Linda

    I doubt the owner will ever have to reimburse this money, and that’s too bad. However, I do not understand the wailing because it’s gone. It was a piece of junk on our beach.

    Tuesday, Nov 16 @ 5:56 am
  • RAJ

    Chris I agree with you. What would be more fitting than having a ship wreck on an OBX beach for folks to see and wonder about?

    Tuesday, Nov 16 @ 7:25 am
  • John B

    Chris Smith – It was a safety hazard. It was only a matter of time before someone got hurt.

    Tuesday, Nov 16 @ 10:09 am
  • Ron

    Raj- Not much to wonder about. A rusty old scow piloted by a guy who had no business being on the water. “Where am I?” he asked the Coast Guard. It wasn’t a 19th century schooner.

    Sunday, Nov 21 @ 6:20 pm
  • Seal

    The Ocean Pursuit Vanishes……..
    And so did $300.000 of our Tax Dollars !!!!
    And John B we cant protect all the stupid people all the time !!!

    Wednesday, Nov 24 @ 8:11 am