The last of the F/V Chevelle (that’s been found) is about to be reduced to its final stack of scrap metal. Global Diving and Salvage has been cutting up the mid-ships forward part of the Chevelle for the past few days after it was raised from the bottom of the channel between the jetties. The Chevelle went down last March when a sneaker wave came up from behind and tipped the 72 foot craft hard to port and caused all its crab pots to shift to port as well, which caused the vessel to run aground on the north jetty. In less than 36 hours it was split in half by the relentless pounding of the waves and straightaway sank to the bottom. Chevelle’s wheel house forward was retrieved but the after section is still lying on the bottom somewhere nearby.
The top photo, provided by Global Diving and Salvage, shows that the Chevelle Thursday was down to its main deck and then some. And in the second photo toward the end of the day there wasn’t much left except for maybe two more scrap passes. Scrap steel was loaded into 30 yard containers – round tripped twice.
Global says their crew Friday will continue to break down the Chevelle as scrap. Remaining sediment and containment material will be collected and put in a debris roll off container. The container and two additional scrap containers will be hauled offsite for disposal. All equipment will be removed and Global says it will review a punch list with the port to ensure that the site, just east of the International Terminal, is returned to the condition it was prior to the scrapping of the Chevelle.
No word on how quickly crews might want to move on raising the after-deck of the Chevelle, that is, once it’s found. A NOAA research vessel recently did a sonar blast toward the end of the Jetty and found the back end of the Chevelle. But salvage crews said they’re not exactly sure where it was spotted. They say it would be advantageous to get the rest of the Chevelle up as soon as possible since this is the season when ocean waves are at their lowest level of the year.