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March 08, 2009

I. Wants. It.

The USN is selling Sea Shadow and its floating dock. One caveat: A marine museum is "a bloodthirsty, paperwork ridden, permit-infested, money-sucking hole..."

It's big, black and looks like a cross between a Stealth fighter and a Batmobile. It was made to escape detection on the open sea. The other is known as the Hughes (as in Howard Hughes) Mining Barge. It looks like a floating field house, with an arching roof and a door that is 76 feet wide and 72 feet high. Sea Shadow berths inside the barge, which keeps it safely hidden from spy satellites.

The barge, by the way, is the only fully submersible dry dock ever built, making it very handy -- as it was 35 years ago -- for trying to raise a sunken nuclear-armed Soviet submarine.

Quite a bit more there about the barge than the Batmobile which is probably as it should be.

Plan view: The Google Earth Community considers Sea Shadow and the Hughes Mining Barge.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 8, 2009 08:14 AM


Yeah, when I saw that I headed up to the attic to look for my old Nehru jacket...
It would make a hell of a houseboat.

Posted by: the sad old goth... [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 8, 2009 01:18 PM