Sea Shepherd flagship sank
SHELBURNE — The remains of the MV Farley Mowat, once the proud flagship of the controversial Sea Shepherd Conservation Society that was seized by the RCMP near Cape Breton during a seal hunt, are sinking at the Shelburne wharf.
Shelburne firefighters were called to the scene on Wednesday afternoon after it was noticed that the stern of the vessel was slipping under the water. Firefighters refused to board the sinking vessel due to safety concerns. Shortly after, the Shelburne Marine Terminal was evacuated.
Town and wharf officials were considering their options and had reached out to Transport Canada officials. Some suggested the vessel’s lines should be cut in the hopes it would drift ashore before it sank at the wharf.
The ship was towed into the wharf last fall under the cloak of darkness. The port manager was told that one of its two tugs was in mechanical distress and a safe port was needed right away.
The ship was seized by an RCMP tactical squad in the Cabot Strait in waters off Cape Breton in 2008. Two senior crew of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society were also arrested, charged and later found guilty of interfering with Canada's East Coast seal hunt and endangering the lives of sealers out on the ice floes.
The vessel was later sold and found its way to Lunenburg in 2010 for what was to be a refit for operation as an expedition vessel for research in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. That refit never happened and within a year the ship was on the market again to cover unpaid docking fees.
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Research vessel Farley Mowat, IMO 5172602, gt 648, built 1956.