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Owner auctions old Washington state ferry for over $200K

February 4, 2020 GMT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A former Washington state ferry was auctioned for more than $200,000, but the boat’s owner says the sale has not yet closed.

Owner Greg Jones has not been paid yet and said he did not want to comment in detail about the transaction until he has more information, The Olympian reported Monday.

The ferry, once known as The Evergreen State, was listed on eBay under a 10-day auction that ended on Friday.

The ferry attracted 130 bids, pushing the sales price to $205,100, officials said.

Jones originally bought the 310-foot (94-meter) ferry for $300,000 in 2017.

Jones parked the ferry at the Port of Olympia for about two years, but fell behind twice on payments, port officials said.

Jones has paid more than $80,000 to the port for mooring costs since April 2018, but owes payment for the month of December and January, port spokeswoman Jennie Foglia-Jones said Monday.