The final sailboat sunken in the bay during a wild wind- and rainstorm eight months ago was pulled out of the frigid waters Friday morning.
The 20-foot sailboat was one of about a dozen vessels ripped from moorings and sent slamming into the bay’s bulkheads and footbridge in March. Private companies removed all but two of the boats over the months that followed, and city agencies teamed up for a historic removal of a 30-foot boat in May.
The same team of agencies responsible for that first-time effort – Department of Sanitation’s Derelict Vehicles Operations Unit, NYPD’s Harbor Unit and Scuba Team, and the Parks Department – reunited last week to pull the last vessel out of the waters near the Holocaust Memorial Park, on Shore Boulevard and Amherst Street. It’s the second time these teams have ever done it, and the experience from the first effort combined with the low-tide and smaller boats made for a much faster operation.
The boat was taken to the Sanitation Department’s Floyd Bennett Field facility for dismantling and disposal.
The team also pulled out what we’ll dub a Sheepshead Mollusk, a barnacled bike that got tangled with the boat’s cables. We’re not sure what the city will do with it, but Aquaman may have a poor nephew that we can donate it to.
That was an awful joke.
Here’s a photo gallery from the operation: