Video: Docking a radioactive barge

The Sturgis is no ordinary barge — in the 1960s, the U.S. Army turned an old cargo ship into a floating nuclear power plant and sent it to Panama to operate locks on the canal. Defueled in 1977, the Sturgis has called the Port of Galveston, Tx. home since April when the Army Corps of Engineers moved it from Virginia for dismantling. Houston Public Media has covered the Sturgis‘ time in Galveston, and reported last week that the Corps is nearly ready to begin cutting the vessel apart. The radioactive material won’t be removed until later in the year, but Brenda Barber, the Army Corps’ project manager, told Houston Public media there were “absolutely no surprises” in their work so far. In the time lapse video below, the Sturgis arrives in Galveston.

 

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