Hundreds of swept-away vessels still unclaimed

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It’s the nautical story in the Northeast that is not going away anytime soon.

Some of the most indelible images of Hurricane Sandy's aftermath have been the wreckage of boats picked up from the sea and tossed into the streets, yards and even living rooms of waterfront communities from the Jersey Shore to eastern Long Island. More than a month after the storm, hundreds of swept-away vessels remain unclaimed, while others have been lost, perhaps forever.

Boat owners are now struggling to find their property, with vessels still sitting on strangers' yards, in marshes and sunk in area waterways. State police and the U.S. Coast Guard are cataloging hundreds of lost boats and trying to reunite owners with their possessions, but the effort has progressed slowly.

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