An historic wooden tug sunk in Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island Wednesday morning, spilling oil into the water and creating a potential pollution threat.
Spill response teams from the Department of Ecology and the Coast Guard were dispatched to the scene and set up water booms to contain the oil. Aerials from SkyKING showed the boat hitting bottom, leaving only the cab exposed, and an oil sheen on the water.
Bainbridge Island Fire Marshal Luke Carpenter told Inside Bainbridge that the boat could contain up to thousands of gallons of diesel and hundreds of gallons of lube oil, but at this time there's no way to know for sure since efforts to reach the boat's owners have not been successful. The marina manager said the owner owes back moorage fees and may have skipped out on the boat.
According to Bainbridge Island, the tug was built in 1915 and was the first diesel-powered tug in the United States.
More to follow.