Sea Shepherds don’t get fast ship after all

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November 2006:
Two months after Sea Shepherd Conservation Society founder
Paul Watson announced the $2 million purchase of the former Canadian
patrol boat Lady Chebucto, believed to be as fast as the Japanese
whaling factory ship Nisshin Maru, the deal fell through, reported
Andrew Darby of the Melbourne Age on October 11, 2006. “It was
registered in Antigua,” Watson explained, “and Antigua would not
allow us to sail it as a yacht.”
Registering Sea Shepherd vessels as yachts reduces regulatory
requirements–but registering in Antigua was problematic, Watson
indicated, because Antigua receives foreign aid from Japan, and has
supported Japanese efforts at International Whaling Commission
meetings to reopen commercial whaling.
“I am confident that we will have a second ship for the
[winter] campaign [against Japanese whaling in Antarctic waters],”
Watson said.

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