Updated with news about its possible disposal one of these days.
Lazygal reports on this thing's annual visit and wonders:
Year Two for this object: floats in and out on the tide for a couple of months, then floats off for the winter. Anyone know what this is?
Scott Cawley answers:
That is a marine Hydrophore pressure tank. I'm guessing part of an offshore or ship's fresh water/reverse osmosis system, but I'm not sure on its exact use. It's on my morning walk and it's definitely become a landmark of sorts.
City Councilor Gabriela Coletta (East Boston, North End, Charlestown), reports the thing, whatever it is exactly, has been at the center of somewhat vexing discussions for awhile now between various city, state and federal officials and Clippership Wharf, on whose shoreline it washed up.
In early August, a Clippership Wharf official e-mailed Coletta and other Boston and Massport officials to say that the Boston Police marine unit and the Coast Guard had determined that even though the residential complex didn't dump the thing in the harbor, the fact that it wound up on its property means it's now responsible for its disposal - but that that could take awhile:
Since it has been investigated and determined to not be leaking any hazardous materials and it is not a water travel impediment, it is up to us if we want to wait for it to get washed back out into the harbor or if we want to pay to have it removed.
I have been in contact with some junk removal companies to obtain some quotes for getting this removed. This will undoubtedly be time consuming but I will email this group when I have an update.
In 2012, a similar situation arose when a 50-foot-long dead whale floated into Boston Harbor, briefly landed on Rainsford Island, off Hull, then went back out to sea, with nobody really wanting to deal with it. It finally wound up on a remote, rocky beach in Rockport, where the state and feds said that meant it was now that town's responsibility. Town officials at first figured they could just leave it there to decompose, but a group of volunteers with filet knives carved what was left of the whale into chunks that were then buried in a hole dug out of the beach's gravel parking lot.
The Floating Dutchman on the Charles River.