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Mobile Home Takes To The Water To Reach New Plot Of Land

A Newfoundland couple took the unusual step of pushing their two-story house into the Bay of Islands to move it about six-tenths of a mile along the Bay of Islands to their new property in Newfoundland on Oct. 11. The trip for the finished house along the north shore of the bay on Thanksgiving Day in Canada took about eight hours, and the effort of half a dozen boats. House owner Daniele Penney who organized the move with her boyfriend, Kirk Lovell, said it also took a lot of nerves and “nailbiting.” As she watched the operation from dry land in the tiny rural community of McIvers on the west coast of Newfoundland, at one point the house started to slip into the water and the boat pushing it broke down. But then other boats rushed to join in and managed to stabilize it. Daniele said that the massive operation took place because she had always admired the house which was a two-story property but located on a different plot of land, and she had been shocked when she heard that the owner was planning to redevelop the plot and pull the house down. She and her boyfriend then decided to try and move it to their own plot of land alongside the water but it was not possible to move it over the land because of all the obstacles in the way, including high-voltage power lines. The house came with fixtures and fittings much of which ended up filled with water as a result of the move but they are hoping that the property will soon dry out, helped by holes that were dug in the bottom for quick drainage. The final touches are now being put to the property and while they wait they are living in a mobile home. October 11, 2021 Newfoundland, Canada Source: Keith Goodyear
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