Maine is laying claim to a half-submerged building in one of the Canadian islands. The building, registered in the US national register of historical places has been under the care of Lubec landmarks for almost 25 years before a January 4, blizzard tore it from its mooring and carried it to the Canadian side.
However, several legal hurdles stand in the way of Maine taking back the lost building with a section of Canadians claiming salvage rights. This has raised fears among conservationist as it may hinder the shed’s preservation and lead to further disintegration.
The building is currently located near the Campobello Island of New Brunswick and has been part of 5 buildings preserved as the last traditional smoked-herring facility.
The remains of the shed which include portions of the flooring, fireplace, sidewalls and the roof, are said to have floated under the bridge connecting Lubec and the Campobello Island.
According to a Lubec town administrator, “It is just a miracle that it didn’t hit the bridge. It just sailed right through the pilings,”
“The bureaucratic nonsense is hampering us big time, vandals with chainsaws are threatening to dismantle the building,” said Rachael Rubeor, The president, Lubec landmarks. With Lubec Landmarks’ hands tied, the vandals have taken advantage and carted away portions of the shed’s remains.
Efforts to recover the shed are currently in full gear with U.S. Sen. Angus King helping facilitate communication across various levels of both governments to help come up with a solution the legal impasse.