It’s a two-part problem: a sunken ship attached to a floating derelict. Both vessels are clogging the Hylebos Waterway in Tacoma.
On Saturday, state workers will remove the derelict, the Golden West, clearing a path to remove the sunken Helena Star, which gurgled to the waterway bottom Jan. 25. The trouble was the Helena Star was tied to the Golden West.
The Golden West, a former fishing vessel, is 130 feet long. Crews from the Department of Natural Resources will tow it to the Ballard Locks in Seattle for disposal. Next comes the 167-foot Helena Star, scheduled for removal in a few weeks.
Both abandoned vessels lingered on a state watch list for several years; there was no money to remove them until August, when the Legislature provided funding targeted to the removal.sean.robinson@ thenewstribune.com