Early morning move leaves The Seeker beached

The Seeker was moved just after sunrise Tuesday about 100 yards up the road and across to a section of beach between the sea wall and Mr. Packer’s fuel tanks.

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The Seeker is now settled at its new Beach Road location overlooking Vineyard Haven harbor. — Photo by Michael Cummo

The Seeker, the 32-ton, 90-foot-long schooner scow that had sat on Ralph Packer’s property on the south side of Beach Road, was moved just after sunrise Tuesday about 100 yards up the road and across to a section of beach between the sea wall and Mr. Packer’s tanks.

Ted Box, the owner of the Seeker and man behind the project, said the boat was blocking Mr. Packer’s warehouse and interfering with traffic flow. He said its new location is completely out of the way.

Mr. Packer said the Seeker’s new location is closer to the water, so the boat can eventually be launched. Just when that date might be is anyone’s guess for a project that has gone on for years in full view of passersby, first on the Boch lot and most recently on the R.M. Packer Co. property.

“Where we had it, it’s kind of exposed to what goes on and summer traffic, so we moved it across the street and closer to the water,” Mr. Packer said. “That’s where we’ll eventually put it in the water.”

Mr. Packer said there were no issues with the move.

“It’s a wonderful project,” he said. “I guess in short words we all love our boats.”

Bob Hayden and a crew from Hayden Building Movers of Cotuit, the same crew that managed the seamless move of the Seeker from the lot owned by Ernie Boch Jr. near Five Corners in Vineyard Haven, where it was under construction for three years, to what were expected to be temporary quarters on Ralph Packer’s property, where it sat for the past year, managed the short journey.

Mr. Box, master carpenter, artist, and sometime ballroom dance instructor, started construction in the spring of 2011 on the lot owned by Ernie Boch, a seasonal Edgartown resident and CEO of Subaru of New England.

In late 2013, Mr. Boch asked Mr. Box to either set sail or find a new home for his project. Mr. Boch said he wanted to clean up and develop the long-vacant waterfront lot.

Not wanting to take further advantage of Mr. Boch’s hospitality, Mr. Box sought a new location provided by Mr. Packer, a supporter of the Seeker, which is intended as an educational project.