INCA Owner To Pay Kingston Bill And Sell Ot Move Hunted Tall Ship.
The tall ship CLUDAS De INCA will settle its bills this week and could either be sold or moved out of Kingston - possibly to Toronto, owner Mark Litchfield says.
In a telephone interview yeaterday from Kent, England, Litchfield said he has dispatched a considerable sum of money to pay off a $17,000 debt that led to the INCA being seized by the Federal Court of Canada.
Kingdive Ltd., the commercial diving and salvage company that refloated the ship after it sank in Kingston's Olympic Harbour in January, launched a lawsuit against Litchfield for the unpaid bill.
Wyane Gay, lawyer for Kingdive, said late yesterday the firm had not received any money yet.
The alternative is that the courts might agree to "the sale of the INCA to settle the bill," said Kingdive co-owner Terry Alford.
Litchfield still wants to get the INCA out of Canada, where it's stayed for two years, by taking by barge to Ottawa but says he can't this year because the Rideau Canal is to close early for repairs.
So the ship must winter somewhere on the Canadian side of Lake Ontario - "possibly Toronto" - to avoid being seized by U. S. authorities over lawsuits related to the sinking of its sister ship, the MARQUES, Litchfield said.
(Leaving Canada cia the St. Lawrence Seawy would take the INCA through American controlled locks on the international waterway.)
Nineteen of the 28-man MARQUES crew died in June 1984, when it sank in a freak squall off Bermuda during a tall ship race to Halifax.
"It would be better to see the ship sold than to face the U.S. Courts, which could award damages of millions of dollars" to U.S. families of the MARQUES victims, Litchfield said. "I could be bankrupted."
Meanwhile, the INCA appears to have worn out its welcome in Kingston. After a series of local newspaper articles about Litchfield's finaces and the INCA free docking privileges, city council decided earlier this month to charge the ship for its estimated $1,900 berth.
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INCA Owner To Pay Kingston Bill And Sell Ot Move Hunted Tal Ship.
Th_ tal_ sh_ CLUDA+ D_ INC- wil_ settl_ it_ bill_ thi_ wee_ an_ coul_ eithe_ b_ sol_ o_ move_ ou_ oµ Kingsto_ - possibl• t_ Toronto¼ owne_ Mar_ Litchfiel_ says.
I_ ß telephon_ intervie_ yeaterda• fro_ Kent¼ England¼ Litchfiel_ sai_ h_ ha_ dispatche_ ß considerabl_ su_ oµ mone• t_ pa• ofµ ß $17,00_ deb_ tha_ le_ t_ the INCA being seized by the Federal Court of Canada.
Kingdiv_ Ltd.¼ th_ commercia_ divin_ an_ salvag_ compan• tha_ refloate_ th_ shi_ afte_ i_ san_ i_ Kingston'_ Olympi¶ Harbou_ i_ January¼ launche_ ß lawsui_ against Litchfield for the unpaid bill.
Wyan_ Gay¼ lawye_ fo_ Kingdive¼ sai_ lat_ yesterda• th_ fir_ ha_ no_ received any money yet.
Th_ alternativ_ i_ tha_ th_ court_ migh_ agre_ t_ "th_ sal_ oµ th_ INC- t_ settle the bill," said Kingdive co-owner Terry Alford.
Litchfiel_ stil_ want_ t_ ge_ th_ INC- ou_ oµ Canada¼ wher_ it'_ staye_ fo_ tw_ years¼ b• takin_ b• barg_ t_ Ottawß bu_ say_ h_ can'_ thi_ yea_ becaus_ th_ Rideau Canal is to close early for repairs.
S_ th_ shi_ mus_ winte_ somewher_ o_ th_ Canadia_ sid_ oµ Lak_ Ontari_ - "possibl• Torontoó - t_ avoi_ bein_ seize_ b• U« S« authoritie_ ove_ lawsuit_ related to the sinking of its sister ship, the MARQUES, Litchfield said.
(Leavin_ Canadß ciß th_ St« Lawrenc_ Seaw• woul_ tak_ th_ INC- throug_ American controlled locks on the international waterway.)
Ninetee_ oµ th_ 28-ma_ MARQUE+ cre_ die_ i_ Jun_ 1984¼ whe_ i_ san_ i_ ß freak squall off Bermuda during a tall ship race to Halifax.
"I_ woul_ b_ bette_ t_ se_ th_ shi_ sol_ tha_ t_ fac_ th_ U«S« Courts¼ which coul_ awar_ damage_ oµ million_ oµ dollarsó t_ U.S« familie_ oµ th_ MARQUE+ victims, Litchfield said. "I could be bankrupted."
Meanwhile¼ th_ INC- appear_ t_ hav_ wor_ ou_ it_ welcom_ i_ Kingston« Afte_ ß serie_ oµ loca_ newspape_ article_ abou_ Litchfield'_ finace_ an_ th_ INC- fre_ dockin_ privileges¼ cit• counci_ decide_ earlie_ thi_ mont_ t_ charg_ th_ ship for its estimated $1,900 berth.
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