The historic Stage Harbor Coast Guard boathouse was moved early Friday from Hull to Quincy, where it will be stored until a new location can found for it in Chatham.
David Doherty, who has been spearheading the move to return the boathouse to town, obtained final approval from Hull officials on Thursday to remove the structure from the shorefront Acushnet Marina, where it has been sitting for approximately 18 months.
The barge Strong Island, owned by part-time Chatham resident Jay Cashman, picked up the building about 5 a.m. Friday and took it for a sunrise journey across Hull Bay to the Fore River, where it will be stored at Cashman's shipyard. Doherty said earlier this week that Cashman has agreed to store the boathouse for up to six months at no charge while its future is determined.
Acushnet Marine owner Michael McDevitt was under a court order to remove the boathouse from the Hull shore following a long battle with the town over alleged zoning and conservation violations. The structure was due to be demolished Monday, but town officials agreed to hold off on the court order to give Doherty time to arrange to remove the structure.
On Tuesday, selectmen declined, for now, Doherty's offer to donate the boathouse to the town. Board members were concerned about restoration costs as well as ongoing maintenance should the building be used to house a new shellfish upwelling system, one of the suggestions that officials have been investigating.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.