Artículos de Mayo 2012

The Queen Bee Once More!

Miércoles, 2 Mayo 2012

The Queen Bee once more!

Missing Nantucket fishing boat turns up in SPAIN - after more than three years and 3,000 miles. In 2008, Scott Douglas and his brother-in-law Rich St. Pierre were thrown overboard from their fishing boat off the coast of Nantucket during a horrendous storm, but were able to swim to safety. More than three years after the Queen Bee was lost at sea, it turned up in the most unlikely of places - off the coast of Spain. The ship made an incredible three-year journey across the continental shelf, startling the Spanish Coast Guard and surprising the boat’s former owners.

   The Queen Bee once more! Missing Nantucket fishing boat turns up in SPAIN - after more than three years and 3,000 miles  

Out of the sea: The Queen Bee emerged at the coast of Spain after a mysterious journey across the Atlantic.

The Queen Bee once more! Missing Nantucket fishing boat turns up in SPAIN - after more than three years and 3,000 miles

The Queen Bee looked like this Regulator 26, a fishing boat with two external motors.

The 26-foot Queen Bee is a little worse for the wear and is covered in mould, rust, and barnacles, but its two motors are still attached, the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror reports. The word ‘Nantucket’ is clearly visible written across the ship’s starboard. According to Spanish media, the boat still contained a first-aid kit, a radio, fire extinguishers, and maps of the U.S. East Coast. Mr Douglas, 58, was shocked to see the vessel again, and in a different form. ‘It looks entirely different,’ he said after he saw photos of the Regulator 26. ‘That’s amazing.’Mr St Pierre agreed. “It’s a good ending and it’s nice to have some closure, but I’d love to know what happened to it over three and a half years.” According to U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Lt Joe Klinker, the boat most likely travelled so far by catching the Gulf Stream.

The Queen Bee once more! Missing Nantucket fishing boat turns up in SPAIN - after more than three years and 3,000 miles

Still visible: The word ‘Nantucket’ - where the ship sank more than three years ago - is still clear and legible on the ship’s bow.

The Queen Bee once more! Missing Nantucket fishing boat turns up in SPAIN - after more than three years and 3,000 miles

 

The incredible journey: Coast Guard officials believe the Queen Bee caught the Gulf Stream along the ocean’s continental shelf, allowing it to travel so far. Lt Klinker said it was incredibly rare, but not unheard of, for a ship to make such a long journey. It was uncommon that the 26-foot Queen Bee made a trans-Atlantic journey without being destroyed.