State Parks officials got a hold of a Japanese name plate on the floating boat maintenance dock that was ripped loose from it’s dock north of Tokyo during the earthquake and ensuing tsunami on March 11th of last year. The dock drifted on the currents all the way to Agate Beach in Newport, coming ashore late Sunday night during a very high tide. The dock, covered with barnacles, seaweed and other sea life, is stuck in the sand a little north of Little Creek Cove off Highway 101.
Oregon state officials say the dock is not radioactive, that there is sea life aboard unique to Japanese waters, there is a concern for invasive species and they say they’re working on that and they don’t yet know what would be best to do with the 70 by 20 by 10 foot dock; either salvage it or dispose of it. If they salvage it, it could possibly be used to further strengthen either the north or south Newport Jettys. If they dispose of it, it would likely be one heck of a cut-up-and-haul-off process.
In the video you can see how there were originally two protruding steel assemblies on upper corners of the dock. The one on the right was thoroughly ripped out. The one on the left remained, but it was mangled by the tsunami’s horrific forces when it ripped through the fishing town north of Tokyo where this dock was being used for boat maintenance. Other signs of its traumatic movement is the mangled wiring and piping on the southern upper edge of the dock.
Depending on the high tides, the dock might move slightly up or down the beach over the next few days. Pictures below show the Japanese writing on a deck plate and up close views of the dock.