Sandy pushed this 1941 vessel ashore on Staten Island late last October.  The registered owner was from another continent and possibly no longer alive due to unrelated circumstances.  The city took charge and the sheriff’s auction happened today.

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Viewing and inspection happened from this vantage point.  Sheriffs offered binoculars, though none with x-ray capability.

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Before the auction began, a tanker at least four times greater in length passed northbound in the Arthur Kill.

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Auctioneer Dennis Alestra welcomed the crowd to the auction, indicating where the bidding would take place.

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Members of the sheriff’s department outnumbered all other attendees combined. Carolina Salguero, director of PortSide NewYork, has a similar tanker, Mary A. Whalen, now possibly the last of this class of coastal tanker in the United States and certainly the only tanker serving as a center for cultural and educational events.

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One bidder and one bid . . . and the tanker is SOLD for $25,000  to Donjon Marine.  Total elapsed time of the bidding:  about one minute.  Here shipshooter Jonathan Atkin witnesses the signing of papers.

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I’ve always enjoyed seeing her.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

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