Attention owners of old tug boats: check your boats! Something seems to be sinking a lot of them this week. Today, the 70-foot wooden tug Chickamauga sunk at its dock in Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island, leaving another fuel spill to be cleaned up by the Coast Guard and Department of Ecology. Firefighters from the Bainbridge Island Fire Department first responded to calls on the foundering vessel around 11am Wednesday morning and deployed spill pads and booms to contain fuel and oil escaping from the boat.
Chickamauga follows the 72-foot Iver in Salmon Bay, and an un-named 57-footer on Lake Washington to the bottom this week.
Both Chickamauga and Iver have notable historical footnotes associated with them; Iver was the vessel that towed Namu the killer whale to Seattle from British Columbia, and Chickamauga was the first diesel-powered tug on the West Coast of the United States. We’re hoping this unfortunate rash ends here!