A 76- year-old former U.S. Coast Guard ship that was one of the first vessels to pass through the indomitable Northwest Passage and circumnavigate the entire North American continent, will be auctioned off on the steps of the U.S. District Courthouse in Mobile at Noon on Dec. 4.

The USCGC Bramble, which was first launched in Oct. 1943 and present during nuclear testing at Bikini Atoll in 1947, served in the Pacific, Caribbean and Atlantic waters, as well as time in the Great Lakes.

However, a recent federal lawsuit relating to nearly $180,000 in unpaid bills mean the ship will have to be sold, according to court documents.

The ship was decommissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard in May 2003 and served as a museum in Port Huron until 2011. It was sold twice and ended up in the hands of a private citizen who had plans to restore the ship and replicate her 1957 journey around the continent and through the Northwest Passage.

However, court documents indicate that the owner did not pay for the extensive restoration and the ship was taken under asset forfeiture laws. U.S. Marshals seized the ship in August before handing it to a substitute custodian.


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