Heavy Traffic

DSC_8480Although there’s a ton of boat traffic past my door each day, every so often something truly amazing floats by. This baby was breathtakingly enormous, so much so that I had to run and look her up.

DSC_8482 She turned out to be the Rainier, and Wikipedia tells me that she’s a fast combat support ship and is 764 feet long, which totally dwarfs the largest ferry that passes by here and is a mere 440 feet long.

DSC_8500And then, just a couple of days later, this item went by. I call her an item because, really, what could she be?

DSC_8507She looked like nothing so much as a giant floating garage. Neither Google nor Wikipedia enlightened me, and it’s a sad day in info-overload land when I come up blank like that. Does anyone care to hazard a guess?

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7 Comments on “Heavy Traffic”

  1. Alain LAURENT Says:


  2. Allene Goforth Says:

    Abra, I got this response from a guy on Leon’s forum after posting a screenshot of your photo:

    “Judging by the large (what look to be) air intakes on the front and the numerous (what look to be) exhaust ports on the top, I would venture to say that it is a large, barge mounted diesel generator.”

    If anyone posts a different reply there, I’ll post it here. Allene

  3. Margaret Pilgrim Says:

    Or else something secret from Google…

  4. Barry Twyman Says:

    New castle for the Legoland Park ? mdr

  5. Al Standish Says:

    Submarine Development Squadron Five, a tenant command at Naval Base Kitsap in addition to operating three attack submarines also has a research and development mission. I believe this is a new barge for their operations. The waterfront piers were recently modified to accommodate a barge.

  6. Allene Goforth Says:

    Al, that makes more sense to me than the one I submitted. Allene

  7. Perhaps a dry dock?

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