'Pirates’ rally to save 1916 sailboat

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Supporters dressed as pirates rallied last weekend in solidarity with a Newport Beach, Calif., shipwright who has been battling the city over a boat restoration project in his backyard.

Dennis Holland has been restoring the 1916, 72-foot Shawnee at his West Bay home since 2006. But neighbors have complained about the towering boat in the residential area and the city has ordered him to move the boat off his property by April 30.

On Saturday afternoon, the festive protesters gathered below the Ferris wheel at Balboa Fun Zone and chanted "Save the Shawnee." Some supporters came from hundreds of miles away to wave signs stating, "Don't let mediocre minds destroy a great ship."

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