When it comes to storms and bad weather, America has never been a weaker, more thin-blooded lot than we are now. If two snowflakes fall, school is called off, libraries close, and bank managers are ready to shut and lock the doors. However, sometimes real storms happen and when they do, they can move whole buildings!
Those who doubt this have not seen the latest article from Yahoo News. They confirm that a “fishing-industry building on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places is half-submerged in waters near a Canadian island.” Conservationists are worried that the structure, which “was blown to nearby Campobello Island in New Brunswick,” could “disintegrate” before the legal woes regarding the odd phenomenon are worked out.
It was a blizzard on January 4th that “tore the brine shed from its mooring at McCurdy’s Smokehouse off Lubec, Maine” and relocated it by sheer force to Campobello Island.
This building of historical relevance is one “of five traditional smoked-herring facilities,” and a dedicated group called Lubec Landmarks has worked tirelessly for a quarter of a century to preserve them. Clearly, Mother Nature is making that effort much more difficult in light of this storm.
Lubec Landmarks President Rachel Rubeor talks about “legal tangles” which include “salvage rights claims by some Canadian citizens” that could spell an end to the building. Would those in Canada be that callous? It seems so, since scrap money appears to trump historical importance there.
“The bureaucratic nonsense is hampering us big time,” admits Rubeor. He cites “vandals with chainsaws” who are making it all but impossible for the right thing to be done.
Work is being done “to help save and possibly preserve this historic landmark,” according to a spokesman for U.S. Sen. Angus King (I-ME), but time seems to be running out quickly. Why the group does not just buy the building back for more than the scrap is not addressed. This would seem like the outcome which would please all involved, but it is not mentioned, oddly enough
What is left of the shed consists of “significant portions of its roof, flooring, and fireplace plus some side walls” is said to have “floated under the bridge between Lubec and the Canadian island.”
“It is just a miracle that it didn’t hit the bridge. It just sailed right through the pilings,” confessed Lubec Town Administrator Renee Gray.
Now, if the greedy scrappers and others will put down the chainsaws long enough to preserve a bit of irreplaceable history, another miracle will happen, too.
Source: Yahoo News