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'Ghost boat' finally removed from shore

A 75-foot ship that has been washed up along a Hampton, N.H., marsh for nearly two years was finally moved recently.

The boat arrived at the harbor more than two years ago. Its owners had big dreams and cascading problems. The boat broke away from a mooring twice, sustained a gaping hole and got stuck on the side of the marsh.

Its owners, who are from Brazil, ran out of money, and the state ran out of time and options. It was finally moved from where it was stranded Monday.

"Me and my neighbors gathered on my porch, and we popped a bottle of champagne," resident Alicia Preston told WMUR News.

The operation cost the state $18,000.

"There's an old saying," Port Authority director Geno Marconi said. "A boat is a hole in the water into which one pours money."