Sep 14, 2015 4:47 PM

Views restored: After 19 months, 'Ghost ship' finally removed from Hampton marshland

HAMPTON - After a year and a half of not being able to see the ocean from her porch, Alicia Preston opened a bottle of champagne to celebrate her new view on Monday.

An large, abandoned white ship has been blocking her home from seeing the waters and marshland since January 2014.

“There was a time when this boat was dangerous," Preston said. That got settled, but then it became a blight.”

The boat rested in the marshland at the end of Tuttle Avenue month after month.

The ship, according to Preston, was owned by a Brazilian couple who could no longer afford it. It had been tied to a mooring in the Hampton River and broke off, resting in the marshland near her home ever since, she said.

“It’s been a good example of passing the buck to anyone along the way – and it’s created an enormous amount of frustration," said Preston, who had been calling various local and state authorities to remove the boat.

But for some reason, she said, nobody would do it.

“The refusal of anybody to take responsibility for it for so long was enormously frustrating," Preston told NH1 News.

The boat, which has the name "Guest List" of Newburyport on the back, appeared to be empty.

Preston never went on the boat, but said those who did told her there wasn't much to see.

“No engine, no rudder, it was just a shell," she said.

The Hampton woman said the Pease Development Authority is the one who stepped up to fund the removal project, which she believes cost about $18,000. The ship, she said, will now be destroyed.

“To see it go – to get our sunsets back – we’re thrilled," Preston said.


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