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Big boat blocks traffic in downtown Boston

The 43-foot-long Maggie Mae was on its way to the New England Boat Show when it became stuck in a downtown Boston snowbank.

By Ben Hooper

BOSTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Traffic in downtown Boston came to a standstill when an unusual vehicle -- a 43-foot yacht -- got stuck in a snowbank.

The Maggie Mae, a brand-new 43-foot boat, was being transported Wednesday afternoon to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center to be displayed as part of this weekend's New England Boat Show when it became wedged in the snowbank at the intersection of Summer and Lincoln Streets.

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Boston Police Lt. Michael McCarthy said the truck pulling the boat suffered a mechanical issue, leading to the vehicle and its cargo being stuck in the snowbank.

Downtown Boston Business Improvement District ambassadors grabbed shovels and cleared the snow from around the boat with help from a Suffolk Construction crew.

Robert Vincent, the Rhode Island owner of the Maggie Mae, which was built by Hinckley Yachts in Maine, said the boat was being driven to the convention center Wednesday in an attempt to avoid snowstorm-related complications.

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"They had to bring it in today in between snowstorms," he told CBS Boston. "I feel bad that the boat and trailer caused a traffic jam in Boston."

The boat eventually arrived at the convention center before 3 p.m. Wednesday. It did not appear to have been damaged.

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