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Sunken tugboats, barges discovered on Fox River floor

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Governor Scott Walker praising the pace of the cleanup of the Lower Fox River on Thursday March 31, 2011.
Governor Scott Walker praising the pace of the cleanup of the Lower Fox River on Thursday March 31, 2011.

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)   The long-running effort to dredge P-C-B's from the Fox River has turned up some maritime history in northeast Wisconsin. Five sunken tugboats and barges were discovered behind the Tetra Tech facility in Green Bay. The company has contracted with J-F Brennan for the P-C-B clean-up project -- and because the area is nominated for the National Register of Historic Places, it needed federal approval to move the boats.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette said several state-and-federal agencies were involved. Tetra Tech said the barges and tugboats either sank or were abandoned years ago because they couldn't be used anymore. A maritime archaeological firm found that at least one vessel was so badly deteriorated, it could not be identified as either a vessel or a dock.

Tetra Tech proposed saving the more recognizable parts, and making a display of them at Green Bay's Neville Public Museum. Government officials have approved it.

Dredging work will end soon for the season, and then Brennan will start bringing up the sunken ships.

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