Barrington cop follows hunch, traces abandoned boat to Swansea


A Barrington police officer discovered the remnants of a 14-foot skiff at Walker Farm on Wednesday, Dec. 4, and thought the old boat looked familiar.

According to the police report, the officer followed his hunch and drove to Barneyville Road in Swansea where he had earlier seen a similar-looking vessel for sale in someone’s front yard.

When the officer arrived at the home, he noticed the boat was gone. He talked to the homeowner, who told him he had sold the boat to someone from Barrington who wanted the trailer the boat had been kept upon.

The officer told the Swansea man that the boat — or parts of it — had been left in a heap at Walker Farm. The Swansea man then offered to remove the boat from Walker Farm.


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