No dice for icebreaker sale on eBay

An internet auction to sell the former coast guard icebreaker Sir Humphrey Gilbert has ended without any bids, but the owner is still confident he'll find a buyer for the ship.

An internet auction to try to sell the former coast guard icebreaker Sir Humphrey Gilbert has ended without any bids, but the owner is confident he'll find a buyer for the ship.

Dan Burry of Clarenville, Nfld., bought the ship several years ago at a government auction, and renamed it the Polar Prince.

He put it up for sale on the internet auction site eBay, but despite several expressions of interest, no one was willing to put in a formal bid by the Thursday deadline.

"I'm quite confident it will sell," says Burry, owner of Star Line Inc. and operator of a dockyard in Clarenville.

"It's just getting the right offer for the vessel. It's going at a bargain ... but we're not going to give it away."

The starting bid was $1 million US.

Burry, an avid user of eBay, figured the auction site would be a good way to reach an international audience.

Interest in the ship came from as far away as Asia.

Although it spent most of its career from 1959 onward breaking up ice, the ship could serve a number of functions, Burry says, from acting as a floating casino to becoming a research vessel.

Burry received another expression of interest after the auction closed.

If that doesn't lead to a sale, he said he'll post it again on eBay.