There may be no graceful way for a fishing vessel to reach the end of its days, but the 66-foot-long Amanda Girl — one of the few wooden boats to make it into the 21st century — came to an especially disheartening coda. Although active as late as 2007, Pru Sowers reported in The Banner, her owner decided a year later to let the permits expire and sell the boat. The new owner, an Army medic stationed in Iraq, was in no position to tend to the increasingly derelict vessel. In 2009, she was taken over by a homeless man who briefly turned her into a floating flophouse, until a knife fight brought officials’ attention to the dysfunctional situation. Purchased by Ricky Macara, whose family owned Liberty, she has been renamed My Yot and rescued from abandonment, but is no longer fishing.
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