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5:08 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Crews At Work On Slow, Expensive Disposal Of Notorious Derelict Vessel Helena Star

The Helena Star at Stabbert Marine in Seattle on August 8, 2014.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

A poster child for Washington state’s problem with abandoned boats is at a shipyard in Seattle. The notorious Helena Star is being scrapped by Stabbert Maritime in Ballard.

The decrepit vessel once made headlines as a drug-smuggling ship; in 1978, the U.S. Coast Guard seized the ship off the coast of Washington with $75 million worth of marijuana on board. Now it’s an object lesson on how and why the process of cleanup and recovery of abandoned boats is so complex and expensive.

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5:16 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Refloated ship Deep Sea from Penn Cove reaches Seattle

The ship arrived at the Ballard Locks in Seattle shortly after noon Wednesday. It will be dismantled at a Ballard shipyard.
Chad Collins Flickr

The derelict ship that shut down shellfish harvesting at Penn Cove off Whidbey Island has been towed to Seattle to be scrapped.

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10:51 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Refloated ship 'Deep Sea' in Penn Cove to be towed to Seattle

An image of the Deep Sea derelict ship reportedly shot Jan. 1. The ship caught fire and sank in May.
Chad Collins Flickr

COUPEVILLE, Wash. — The sunken derelict ship that was refloated in Penn Cove is scheduled to be towed from Whidbey Island to a Seattle shipyard Wednesday to be dismantled.

A spill from the ship has cost nearly $2 million, so far.

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