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THE QUEEN BEE

A Modern-day American Shipwreck Tale of Survival & Reunion

In August 2008, while fishing off the coast of Nantucket in their Regulator 26, Scott Douglas and Rich St. Pierre survived a near-tragedy when a rogue wave threw them overboard forcing them to swim to shore for safety. While the fisherman survived, the "Queen Bee" was swept away and thought to be gone forever, until early 2012 when it mysteriously washed up off the coast of Spain following an incredible three-and-a-half year, 3,000-mile journey out to sea. The 26-foot sportfisher was discovered with its two engines in tact and its hull still seaworthy – with first-aid kit, radio, nautical maps, fire extinguishers and other key components in place. With the exception of rust, mussel attachment, and a slightly bruised T-top frame, the boat emerged with little more than a few broken latches – proof that American manufacturing is alive and well.

"The weather turned violent and we knew we had to head in. You wouldn’t want to be dumped in the ocean out there, but at the end of the day, it just wasn’t our time."
— Scott Douglas, Owner of the "Queen Bee"

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