The former City of Seattle Fireboat Alki was sold at auction this past week for the bargain-basement price of $71,100, pending a closure process that will include verification of the buyer’s ability to safely moor and insure the 127-foot, 86-year old steel vessel. That latter portion of the process is a laudable one, and it [...]
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For close the 30 years the 165-foot Coast Guard Cutter Onondaga has sat sunken and partially visible in the waters of Seattle’s ship canal, its storied history all but forgotten. But yesterday, divers from the Seattle office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency surveyed the 1934 ship for signs of hazardous materials that could be [...]
In waters around Washington, there are currently close to 200 derelict and abandoned boats that authorities know about, but the real numbers could be considerably higher. And officials expect to see more boats headed for a watery grave as the effects of the recession drag on. First in a four-part series.
Washington is among only a handful of states with programs in place to address the rundown and abandoned vessels littering the nation’s waterways. Since 2003, the state has cleared about 220 decrepit boats from Washington’s oceans and rivers. Second in a four-part series.
Decaying and sunken boats can be silent killers, leaching chemicals and unleashing other lethal dangers on marine life. As little as a quart of spilled oil, diesel or gasoline can contaminate acres of water and kill marine life. Part three in a four-part series.
There are currently close to 20 boats 75 feet and larger decaying in Washington waters and not enough money to deal with them. State authorities are grappling with how to address these large and potentially hazardous ships rotting in our waterways. Final in a four-part series.