October 11, 2013

Building suspense: A mystery barges into Portland Harbor

A new restaurant? A floating prison? A giant ‘double-wide’? Speculation runs amok as the structure heads to a Cianbro facility for interior work.

By Leslie Bridgers lbridgers@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

and Dennis Hoey dhoey@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Tugboats tow a barge carrying a mystery structure into Portland Harbor at dusk Thursday. The structure was assembled on the barge in New London, Conn., and was headed for a Cianbro Corp. facility off Commercial Street in Portland, where it is scheduled for a significant amount of interior work before it is delivered to its owner.

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The barge carrying an odd-looking structure caught the attention of tourists and others gathered at Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse as it made its way toward the harbor after passing Portland Head Light, where many of them had just been. “I’m going to take a picture to say we saw a building on a boat,” said Kathie Hodsdon of Boston.

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Once the boats passed the lighthouse, the mother and son walked back down the breakwater. By the time they got to the end, the vessels’ lights were barely visible. The Drummonds said they planned to go check it out at Rickers Wharf at some point.

“We’ll see what we can see,” Robin Drummond said.

They were probably still driving home when, at 7 p.m. sharp, the traffic light on the Casco Bay Bridge turned red and bells began to ring.

First in line at the light was a South Portland city bus. The driver and a couple of passengers got out while the drawbridge was up. They didn’t notice the building, which was barely visible from the bridge in the dark.

Chris Mucigi, however, was curious. He got out of the bus, which he was taking from class at Southern Maine Community College to his home in Portland.

“What is it?” he said, leaning over the fence to look as it passed under the bridge. “It has windows and everything.”

Ten minutes later, traffic started moving again. Drivers crossed the bridge with no idea what had just passed – even if they had seen it.

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