Sailboat demolished, removed from Orange Beach

Baldwin County

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WKRG) — The “ghost ship” in Orange Beach, a 40-foot sailboat that beached a month ago, has vanished with the help of city crews that spent the day demolishing and removing the sailboat from the beach.

City officials with Orange Beach say the boat’s owner, Richard Durham from Brewton, AL was given every opportunity to remove the sailboat but in the end, the city had to take matters in their own hands.

The sailboat beached last month after an anchor line broke, according to Durham.  Every day it was beached the deeper it became embedded in the sand.  Last week, the city declared it a public hazard after it started breaking up in the surf and washing up along the shoreline.

“It breaks all of our hearts to see anything that has potential but this thing, when it was broken open it was at least half full of sand. It had taken on water from the bulk of that month from windows that were broken on the seaside.  The problem was people think you could dig it out and it was going to float away, it was never going to float away. It wasn’t salvageable,” says city administrator Ken Grimes.

Grimes says Durham did not respond to repeated phone calls from the city about the boat’s removal.

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