NJ Man's Lost Boat Washes Ashore 3 Years Later, in Spain

Scott Douglas thought "Queen Bee" was lost forever

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Where did the boat end up?

    A boat that was last seen off the shore of Nantucket more than three years ago has washed up overseas in Spain.

    The last time Scott Douglas of New Jersey saw his boat Queen Bee was during a fishing trip in Nantucket in August 2008, when he and his brother-in-law were thrown from the boat.

    "The water was cresting," said Douglas, who now lives in Ho-Ho-Kus. "It was breaking over the top of the boat. Your last thought before going in the water was, 'There's no possible way we're going to survive this.'"

    They swam for about an hour to the shore. Douglas didn't think his brother-in-law, who was recovering from recent heart surgery, would make it.

    "I burst into tears," he said. "'I don't know if he's going to live.'"

    But they both survived. It was a happy ending, though it didn't include the survival of the Queen Bee -- or so they thought.

    Fast forward three and half years to this week, when Queen Bee washed ashore in Spain -- looking worse for the wear, perhaps, but remarkably still intact.

    "She wanted to learn Spanish," Douglas joked.

    The U.S. Coast Guard believes the Queen took her time during her journey overseas, going north towards Canada, then getting swept up in the Gulf Stream, crossing the Atlantic and sailing down to Spain.

    Legally, the Queen Bee belongs to the Spanish government now, so Spain is where she'll remain.