The Queen Bee, a Regulator 26 fishing boat was considered lost by her owner when he was thrown overboard during a violent storm in 2008, and while he swam to safety, the boat was not recovered.
However, more than 3 years later the battered but intact hull was found washed up on a Spanish beach, more than 3,000 miles away from her Nantucket home port.
Peters & May's Spanish office was contacted by the American manufacturer, Regulator, to ship the remains of the boat back to the States where she will undergo a survey to assess the extent of the damage caused by her unmanned transatlantic journey. Remarkably, when the Spanish Coast Guards recovered the vessel, she still contained a first aid kit, a radio, fire extinguishers and a map of the east coast of the USA.
Peters & May collected The Queen Bee from San Esteban de Pravia, Spain, and moved her by road to Santander, from where she was shipped on the 18th June, expected to arrive in Baltimore on 11th July 2012.