Tribe and agencies join to remove abandoned sailboat


August 9, 2023

Aerial view of a barge and crane removing a derelict sailboat

Jason Thompson, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

OUT OF HERE, FINALLY – A contractor working with the Swinomish Tribe and state agencies used a "demolition in place" method to remove portions of an abandoned sailboat in Similk Bay. A floating curtain was deployed around the sunken vessel to contain any turbid water.

Less is more yet again.

In this case, addition by subtraction involves the long-awaited removal of a 65-foot abandoned and partially submerged sailboat from nearby Similk Bay on Swinomish Reservation.

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Washington State Department of Natural Resources and Northwest Straits Commission partnered July 20 to remove the Windjammer and another smaller derelict vessel from within tribal boundaries.

The Windjammer was pulled from intertidal waters north of Kukutali Preserve had for more than a decade slowly deteriorated and impacted access to Swinomish tidela...

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