Nova Sco­tia town holds send-off to derelict en­vi­ron­men­tal ship

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

SHELBURNE, N.S. - A Nova Sco­tia town held a cel­e­bra­tory send-off Wed­nes­day for the MV Far­ley Mowat - a one­time en­vi­ron­men­tal flag­ship that had be­come a derelict, high-pro­file eye­sore.

The Town of Shelburne in­vited res­i­dents to come to the wa­ter­front to bid farewell to the rusted ship, which was towed out of the har­bour at 10 a.m. lo­cal time. Deputy Mayor Rick Davis said about 100 peo­ple lined the wharf, where they ate cake, drank cof­fee and lis­tened to mu­sic.

The flat-black ship - once part of a small fleet com­manded by Cana­dian en­vi­ron­men­tal cru­sader Paul Wat­son - has sat at Shelburne’s wharf since it was aban­doned by its owner in the fall of 2014, and was ex­pected to be scrapped in nearby Liver­pool, N.S.

In 2015, the ship sank in its berth, forc­ing the coast guard to mount a $500,000 cleanup ef­fort, with more than 2,000 litres of pol­lu­tants even­tu­ally re­moved from the hull.

In June, the coast guard fi­nally is­sued a con­tract to re­move and dis­pose of the Far­ley Mowat, af­ter years of try­ing in vain to force the owner, scrap dealer Tracy Dodds, to do it.

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