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3:54 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

99-Year-Old Tugboat Sinks Off of Bainbridge, Leaking Fuel

The Chickamaugan or "Sea Chicken" was the first diesel-powered tug on the West Coast, and possibly in America.
IMLS DCC Puget Sound Maritimne Historical Society

A historic tugboat has sunk off Bainbridge Island, spilling fuel into the waters of Eagle Harbor. The tug Chickamauga is 99 years old, and it’s thought to be the first diesel-powered tugboat on the West Coast, according to the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society.

Bainbridge Firefighters got a call that it was sinking at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, and quickly deployed booms and other containment equipment.

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