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Farley Mowat owner arrested in connection with abandoned vessel in Shelburne

['The Farley Mowat vessel is still docked at the Shelburne town wharf despite Tracy Dodds being ordered by the courts to have the vessel removed.']
['The Farley Mowat vessel is still docked at the Shelburne town wharf despite Tracy Dodds being ordered by the courts to have the vessel removed.']

Tracey Dodds, the owner of the Farley Mowat, has been arrested.

According to the RCMP, Dodds was arrested at 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 3 at a residence in Wolfville.

“The warrant was for contempt of court,” said RCMP spokesperson Jennifer Bothan, who said it is not uncommon for it to take some time to locate someone in contempt of court.

Dodds was under court order to remove the Farley Mowat from the Shelburne wharf by April 22. The vessel, once the flagship of the controversial Sea Shepard Conservation Society, had arrived in Shelburne in September 2014, under a cloak of darkness.

Dodds was given an extension by the courts to remove the vessel by May 31, but failed to have it removed. 

A warrant was issued for his arrest.

He was also fined $5,000. A court order said that he be imprisoned for a maximum of 20 days upon his arrest.

Shelburne Mayor Karen Mattatall said she hopes this will send a message to anyone who might consider abandoning a vessel in the town’s harbour.

"Although the arrest of Mr. Dodds will not move the ship, it is a small bit of compensation for the town,” she said.

She said anyone else who abandons a ship in the town’s harbour will be dealt with in the same manner as the Farley Mowat.

The Farley Mowat is not only an eyesore, it is taking up space at the wharf and no fees have been paid for its berthage. The town says it can’t remove the vessel itself because it does not own it, nor does the town think that it and taxpayers should be on the hook for the removal cost.

Still, the town intends to continue to pursue the matter of getting the vessel removed.

According to the RCMP, Dodds was arrested at 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 3 at a residence in Wolfville.

“The warrant was for contempt of court,” said RCMP spokesperson Jennifer Bothan, who said it is not uncommon for it to take some time to locate someone in contempt of court.

Dodds was under court order to remove the Farley Mowat from the Shelburne wharf by April 22. The vessel, once the flagship of the controversial Sea Shepard Conservation Society, had arrived in Shelburne in September 2014, under a cloak of darkness.

Dodds was given an extension by the courts to remove the vessel by May 31, but failed to have it removed. 

A warrant was issued for his arrest.

He was also fined $5,000. A court order said that he be imprisoned for a maximum of 20 days upon his arrest.

Shelburne Mayor Karen Mattatall said she hopes this will send a message to anyone who might consider abandoning a vessel in the town’s harbour.

"Although the arrest of Mr. Dodds will not move the ship, it is a small bit of compensation for the town,” she said.

She said anyone else who abandons a ship in the town’s harbour will be dealt with in the same manner as the Farley Mowat.

The Farley Mowat is not only an eyesore, it is taking up space at the wharf and no fees have been paid for its berthage. The town says it can’t remove the vessel itself because it does not own it, nor does the town think that it and taxpayers should be on the hook for the removal cost.

Still, the town intends to continue to pursue the matter of getting the vessel removed.

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