The Coast Guard is continuing to monitor potential fuel leakage from the sunken 72′ retired Foss tugboat Iver, which went down at her dock along the Lake Washington Ship Canal in Salmon Bay at the property of Mariner Industries. The exact cause of the sinking has not been determined but at least one observer speculated that heavy winds and rainfall over the previous evening were contributing factors. The same person captured a distressing series of photos of the sunken tug.
The Iver was in the midst of conversion to a houseboat, a process tracked in loving detail on the owner’s blog. An unknown amount of fuel escaped before the sunken vessel was reported to the Coast Guard around 7:30 am on Monday, September 30th; some 200 gallons were reported to be aboard when she went down, out of a total capacity of 1,700 gallons. Spill pads and booms are in place to contain any further leakage.
The owner’s website records that the Iver was built in 1925 in Port Angeles as the Angeles for the Port Angeles Sand and Gravel company, and was later inherited by Foss Tug and Barge when it purchased PASG’s assets, and was operated by them for 47 years as the Iver Foss. In that role, the vessel earned the somewhat dubious distinction of having towed the famous captive orca Namu from British Columbia to Seattle. She continued in service to various companies until sometime in the eighties or nineties.
The tug had been used as a liveaboard after retirement but was being refurbished by the current owners.
Update, 10/1/13 0859: A commenter on Facebook informs us that Iver’s current owners, Bill Soderberg and Juliann Tallino, do not have insurance on the vessel. A fundraiser has been set up to help the couple cover expenses from the cleanup and recovery effort. You can read more about the tug or contribute at the website here.