City Puts ‘Ghost Ship’ Up for Auction

Byline: Associated Press

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (AP) — The city of Newburyport has an offer for sailors looking for a sturdy sailboat, if they’re not spooked by the supernatural.

The city Harbor Commission is holding an online auction for Endeavour, a 37-foot “ghost ship” it took title to after the owner apparently fell overboard in the Merrimack River last November, never to be seen again despite an extensive search.

Commission chairman Brad Duffin said the man’s family never came forward to claim the wooden boat, which appears to be in good shape.

The Daily News of Newburyport reported May 13 that there had been 24 bidders, with a top offer of $9,110. Bidding is open until May 29, and proceeds go to the city.

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