Spirit of Nantucket….. the cause displayed!

It measures 40 feet in length and is 7 to 8 feet tall, and is about 13 feet wide and estimates are that it weighs 30 to 40 tons. It appears to be mostly of solid timber and has the remnants of metal plates and spikes in it.

“It looks like a section of an old, very old, blockade chain that was used to prevent entry of vessels into rivers or bays,” said Tom Ruszala, director of nautical operations for Cruise West, the company that operates the Nantucket.


The mass is 40 feet long, 7 to 8 feet tall, and about 13 feet wide.

It has several wooden posts sticking out of what used to be its top. They look as if they might once have been bollards used as mooring lines for ships.

The mass curves to a point, or bow, at one end to further enhance the nautical mystery.

Attesting to its age, the 7-foot spikes driven through its width – once presumably flush with the wooden surface – now protrude several inches from the rotted mass.

The problem now is disposing of it….you can’t sink it, it will just float back up. And you can’t cut it up with chain saws.

Whatever it is, now that it is out of the water, the Coast Guard has lifted restrictions on vessels in the area where it was found, a few miles north of the Pungo Ferry Bridge.



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