The F/V Westward, whose long career focused on catching fish, will now be attracting them. Fuller Marine Services reports the vessel was towed out of Boothbay Harbor, where it has languished for the past few years, and sunk in 100 fathoms of water.
Chuck Fuller provided the following statement, as well as photos.
“On Saturday, February 6, Fuller Marine Services towed the Westward 32 nautical miles offshore and scuttled her. All pollutants, machinery, and floating material had been removed and the fuel and oil tanks had been cleaned. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued the permit for the specific location after consulting with local fishermen. The U.S. Coast Guard inspected the vessel to ensure compliance with the permit conditions, and then escorted the Westward to the 3 mile line to ensure there were no incidents close to shore. During the disposal, the true condition of the hull became apparent. As the aft end of the vessel filled with water, the fuel tank and several other compartments imploded under the pressure before they could equalize through precut holes.”
Boothbay Harbor Harbormaster Nick Upham said he is thrilled that the derelict vessel has been permanently removed from the harbor.
“It’s great to see the Westward gone. It’s been a long, long time. From start to finish, Fuller Marine did an excellent job. They deserve a lot of praise for their efforts.”
The Westward now lies in 100 fathoms of water at 43o 19.174’ N and 069o 41.822’ W.