Is historic Chatham boathouse truly worth the cash to return it to town?

CHATHAM — Nearly a dozen several years immediately after it left city on a barge to stay away from demolition, an historic Coastline Guard boathouse has faced down the wrecking ball a next time.

The boathouse that stood on Phase Harbor for around 70 years was the dwelling of the famed motor lifeboat CG36500, whose crew rescued the crew of the wrecked tanker Pendleton on Feb. 18, 1952, in what is deemed one particular of the most heroic rescues in Coast Guard background.

When the boat is shown on the National Sign up of Historic Locations, the boathouse is not, and it faced demolition Jan. 8 soon after options on reuse experienced operate out and the town of Hull wanted it gone.

Quincy developer Jay Cashman, who moved the boathouse in 2009 in the hope it would obtain someone interested in historic preservation to help save it, has stepped in and moved the boathouse from Hull to his Quincy boatyard for temporary storage. In the meantime, Chatham town officers and historic preservationists are determining whether they want to carry it home, and are wrestling with how to pay for that in a decidedly restricted fiscal 12 months.