The Nantucket shown above, docked in Nantucket Harbor in '04. Photo by John Fitts.
By Joshua Balling, I&M Managing Editor
For sale: The largest lightship ever built, paid for by the British government after her predecessor was cut in half and sunk by the sister ship of the Titanic.
The 148-foot, 1,050-ton LV-112 stood sentinel 50 miles off the southeast coast of the island for the better part of four decades, marking the shoals that threatened to tear the guts from freighters and cruise ships bound for New York, Boston and Philadelphia. She is currently docked in Oyster Bay, Long Island.
The price: A very affordable $1. But there's a catch.
The former Nantucket lightship needs constant maintenance and repair, and she'll only be sold to a nonprofit organization willing to keep her open to the public as a tangible reminder of the men who spent solitary weeks at sea protecting their ocean-going brethren and the ships they sailed...
The Board of Selectmen has scheduled a workshop meeting Monday to discuss its goal to “manage growth” on the island...
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