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UPDATE: Mayflower finally removed from Road Town waterfront!

The Mayflower on the water again but only for a short trip as it was towed today, March 31, 2018 to Cleaning Hole near Fort Burt where it will remain there as a decommissioned vessel. Photo: Team of Reporters
The area where the Mayflower had rested since the passage of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2018. The decommissioned ferry was removed from that location today, March 30, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
The area where the Mayflower had rested since the passage of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2018. The decommissioned ferry was removed from that location today, March 30, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
It is unclear the price tag to remove the Mayflower from the Road Town Ferry Terminal. Photo: Team of Reporters
It is unclear the price tag to remove the Mayflower from the Road Town Ferry Terminal. Photo: Team of Reporters
Passenger boat Mayflower finally being move after hurricane Irma lifted the vessel from the area adjacent to the Fort Burt Hotel down town, and moving it to the Road Town Ferry Terminal. Photo: Team of Reporters
Passenger boat Mayflower finally being move after hurricane Irma lifted the vessel from the area adjacent to the Fort Burt Hotel down town, and moving it to the Road Town Ferry Terminal. Photo: Team of Reporters
Husky Salvage and Towing crew allowing the water to drain from the passenger vessel. Photo: Team of Reporters
Husky Salvage and Towing crew allowing the water to drain from the passenger vessel. Photo: Team of Reporters
Local company, Husky Salvage and Towing preparing to move a passenger boat called Mayflower. Photo: Team of Reporters
Local company, Husky Salvage and Towing preparing to move a passenger boat called Mayflower. Photo: Team of Reporters
Mayflower being lifted from the seashore. Photo: Team of Reporters
Mayflower being lifted from the seashore. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was this morning, Saturday March 31, 2018 that the Road Town shoreline saw a degree of normalcy returned.

The famous decommissioned passenger boat, Mayflower, that was beached at the waterfront next to the Ferry Terminal Building was finally removed.

It ended up there on September 6, 2017 after the powerful winds of a category 5 hurricane, named Irma, forced it from its location next to Fort Burt and sent it tossing about a mile away to the Tortola waterfront.

After two days of work by Husky Salvage and Towing, they were able to pump out the water, float the boat, lift it with the heavy equipment and manage the leaks enough for it to set sail.

However, it did not set sail with its own power but had to be towed. The vessel is owned by Smith’s Ferry Service.

Many are happy

It sailed back with help to its resting place at Cleaning Hole in the area adjacent to Conch Charters, in Road Town, the capital city.

The news of the vessel’s removal was greeted with jubilation, as many residents rushed to social media with photos and comments, including First Lady Mrs Lorna G. Smith OBE and veteran politician and Opposition member Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3).

It is unclear the price tag to remove the vessel and if there are efforts to address other power and pleasure boats, barges, yachts and other abandoned and sunken vessels, which have become one of the biggest eyesores around the Territory following the hurricanes of 2017.

See previous article published March 30, 2018

Getting ready to remove the Mayflower from Tortola waterfront

One of the powerful symbols of the September 6, 2017, Hurricane Irma was its lifting of an old passenger boat called Mayflower and taking it from the area adjacent to the Fort Burt Hotel downtown, and moving it about a mile away to the waterfront in Road Town, on Tortola.

It has been there ever since, over six months plus. Many people are so use to seeing the boat at the waterfront that some have suggested the vessel should be left there as a tourist attraction.

However, others like the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) were peeved and demanded for months via a series of letters to the owners, Smith’s Ferry Services, that it be removed forthwith.

The financial obligation to move a boat that size is costly and even one politician suggested that government should move it and then bill the owners. One Permanent Secretary announced that the Cabinet of Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) will be getting involved as it was delaying the opening of the Ports Authority waterfront ferry terminal that houses the Immigration and Customs Departments, along with BVI Ports Authority workers.

Work started to remove boat today

Well, today March 30, 2018, our cameras noticed a crew from the local company Husky Salvage and Towing around the boat with heavy equipment making preparations for its removal. They seemed to have lifted it from the seashore and allowed the water to drain out and, in some areas, they had to pump water out of the boat.

The activities attracted a small crowd: however, all eyes will be back on it tomorrow Saturday, March 31, 2018, to see the next steps in its removal.

2017 Hurricanes were historical

The powerful and furious winds of both hurricanes Irma and Maria that hit the Virgin Islands last year toppled cars and planes, sank boats, took off 90 percent of roofs from homes, businesses, and churches, flattened shacks and animal farmhouses, uprooted trees and broke utility posts.

Both Hurricanes also caused some 6 deaths, according to official government figures.

In some cases, the storm which packed winds in excess of 200 miles per hour lifted 40-foot containers filled with goods and moved them far distances. Even mega boats, heavy equipment and some heavy industrial generators were no match for Irma.

21 Responses to “UPDATE: Mayflower finally removed from Road Town waterfront!”

  • Calendar of events (30/03/2018, 22:30) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    I keep saying the month of May is going to come and meet the may flower right there
  • cay (30/03/2018, 22:36) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    tourist attraction u say? lol
  • AL (30/03/2018, 22:46) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    its about time
  • sam the man (30/03/2018, 23:03) Like (42) Dislike (78) Reply
    why are they picking on the local guy when expats from the USA and Europe have boats sink all over the place and there is no pressure to move them?? set of oppressors
    • See (31/03/2018, 01:47) Like (67) Dislike (14) Reply
      You are ignorant beyond belief . The local boats have been sitting as garbage for years . Take a look everywhere. Locals are responsible also . Stop with the BABY mentality or thats what you will wind up with . Local entitled babies who will rely on their last name . PATHETIC for a civilized country. Grow up and take responsibility for once
    • It's a united effort. (31/03/2018, 03:45) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
      Even the ones that sank should be removed with a sense of urgency as they could be potentially dangerous for seacrafts traversing our seas and our marine life. Some are directly in the paths of prominent ferry routes. I say have the owners remove them all, irrespctive of where they are from.
      • @ ...united effort (31/03/2018, 11:43) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
        while I do agree with you - how will we be able to find the owners, when the boats are either flooded or under water and no documents of identification can be found? If they had properly cleared in, then they can be identified by the Customs tracking system, but many of them just get here to enjoy and never "remember" Customs! My biggest fear is that bodies might still be found in some of them
    • Jacperlance (31/03/2018, 15:56) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
      @sam the man, it’s people like you why the BVI will always remain one of the most lawless places in the world. We cannot always have it the way we want it and always feel that we BVIslanders cannot or never do anything wrong. Some months ago, I listen to one of our own talk show host saying locals don’t loot because it’s not our culture and I was so shock at his comments, because I know for a fact that a lot of BVISLANDERS were engaged in looting after the hurricanes. We have to stop the mentality that it’s our land and we can do what want. People have to come in here and try to stop us from destroying our own place. I do hope that the Mayflower will not sink in the clean hole and create an additional eye soar. The powers that be should see that those responsible clean up that place.
      • nah man (31/03/2018, 17:10) Like (7) Dislike (17) Reply
        They maybe born here but their parents not from here so they are different to us real bvislanders
    • Sam (01/04/2018, 07:24) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
      Sit down and hush your c$nt
  • i know (31/03/2018, 00:52) Like (70) Dislike (7) Reply
    The NDP will foot the bill for one of their foot soldiers
  • gone (31/03/2018, 10:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Up up and awaaaaaay
  • farmer brown (31/03/2018, 15:39) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
    And they are making clean hole even more unsightly
  • Something had to be done (31/03/2018, 16:47) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    It only shows that as a people we can all work together to get things done.It is not always for govt to do this or that. WHETHER it was a sore eye or attraction it has been moved.It also shows there are some creative minds in our little BVI. We can always come together to see how we can do some creative stuff to with our surroundings after any disaster.Give thanks
  • ??? (31/03/2018, 16:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nooooooooo!
  • See (31/03/2018, 16:52) Like (33) Dislike (2) Reply
    So the piece of junk gets moved from one place to another place just up the road and we applaud the pretend victory . The junk is still there . SMITH .... get your junk out of here or at least do some jail time while the govt ( we the taxpayers ) pay for your selfishness . Pathetic is too nice a word . How much oil and other pollutants leaking out into Road Reef . ? Oh , I forgot the tourists dont go there so its not a problem .
    • @see (01/04/2018, 14:18) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
      How much white people have sunken boats all around following Irma. I aint hearing no one bitching about that. How many were left rottening and half sunk before Irma. Or lets talk about those Native Son have killing the mangrooves for years in Sea Cows Bay. We here to biased because of last name and skin color. Crab in a barrel mentality.
  • Irma (31/03/2018, 20:52) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Coming up next is removing the ndp from the pockets of the tax payers
  • rattie (01/04/2018, 16:05) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    when are the others going me moved?
  • See (03/04/2018, 14:06) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    All boats should be the responsibility of the owners . I dont give a damn what color or what nationality . No different than a broken down car sitting around public places or roads for years. You own it ... get rid of it ... PERIOD !! Not a race issue .... a people issure and lack of responsibility and pride issue .


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