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Front half of the F/V Chevelle back on dry land – waiting transport to the scrap yard

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The Fishing Vessel Chevelle, that was raised from its watery grave off of Newport’s north jetty and transported to Newport’s International Terminal was lifted back onto shore Saturday in preparation for being transported to a scrap yard.

A large crane lifted the front half of the vessel (bridge to the bow) and gently lowered it to the ground just east of the terminal’s main docks. It will soon be hoisted on top of a flatbed truck and then driven to wherever it’ll be scrapped out and recycled. The last two photos in the series give a recognizable image of the bridge looking toward the bow.

As for the back half of the vessel, they still don’t know exactly where it is on the bottom. It became separated soon after the vessel sank on March 12/13, sometime during the night. A NOAA research vessel was asked to scan the bottom in hopes of finding it, and they did find it. But salvagers will need a precise location on where to dive down to find it. That’s the next step, according to the Coast Guard.

There is another fishing vessel on the bottom on the opposite side of the north jetty, the F/V Two Mikes. No word yet on when that vessel might be salvaged. At last word, Ballard Diving and Salvage was supposed to offload hundreds of gallons of diesel that went down with the Two Mikes on July 23rd. The vessel’s captain blamed his radar for not clearly outlining the entrance to the bar. He said he turned left too early and ran aground on the north side of the north jetty. Both crewman got off okay as well as one dog. The other dog on the boat drowned.

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