Storm blew historic building to Canada; Maine is getting it back

FILE: Image shows the historic McCurdy's Smokehouse in Lubec, Maine. The structure blew away during recent winter storms to nearby New Brunswick, Canada. (Photo credit: Magicpiano/Wikimedia)

LUBEC, Maine (AP) — A fishing-industry building on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places is half-submerged in waters near a Canadian island.

Conservationists feared the building could disintegrate before cross-border legal tangles were resolved. Luckily, Canada has agreed to return the historic fishing shed to its home.

The Jan. 4 blizzard tore the brine shed from its mooring at McCurdy's Smokehouse off Lubec, Maine, and it was blown to nearby Campobello Island in New Brunswick, the Bangor Daily News reported.

The shed is among five buildings that comprise the last traditional smoked-herring facility in the U.S., and an organization called Lubec Landmarks has worked for almost 25 years to preserve it.

Lubec Landmarks President Rachel Rubeor worried that legal tangles, including salvage rights claims by some Canadian citizens, could doom the building.

"The bureaucratic nonsense is hampering us big time," said Rubeor earlier this week, who said vandals with chainsaws are threatening to dismantle the building.

On Friday, the Bangor Daily News reported that the building is being saved.

According to the paper, a Canadian contractor and an American contractor will remove the shed's remains from New Brunswick's Campobello Island in the coming week and return it to its original site off Lubec, Maine.


Sinclair Broadcast Group contributed to this report.

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