Bramble sold to highest bidder, fate uncertain

Former US Coast Guard Cutter Bramble has been sold for $80,000. The US Marshals seized the vessel in October after its owner Tom Clarke failed to pay bills to a Mobile, Alabama Shipyard. The name of the winning bidder was not disclosed. The Bramble had called Port Huron home since 2003 and was purchased by Bob Kingler of Marine City in 2013. Last year, Kingler sold the former cutter to Tom Clarke of Roanoke, Virginia. Clarke had hoped to prepare the vessel to retrace it’s 1957 journey through the northwest passage and was taken to the Alabama ship yard for repairs.