House moving is a small but regular industry that sometimes uses irregular means to get the job done. The Nickerson Family Association determined to rescue its near pristine, 230-year-old ancestral Cape home from demolition and relocate it across Chatham, Mass. But there was a problem: Physical obstacles and the nature of the roadway made it impossible to transport the story-and-a-half post-and-beam house overland.

Undaunted, building mover Robert Hayden charted an ocean route instead. The 25x31-foot structure was raised and trucked down the street to nearby Stage Harbor, then lifted onto a barge for its watery voyage into Nantucket Sound and the mighty Atlantic.

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