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King Triton, a barge that sank where Fort Point Channel meets Boston Harbor

The Curse of the Northern Avenue Bridge strikes again: Lauri Howe Barrett shows us the King Triton, a former buoy tender that sank near the decrepit old bridge the other day.


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This Could Have Been Avoided

Only if the City gave in to the many, many, many of thousands who want this bridge opened backed up to the public.

Then the barge could have stayed on the harbor side of the bridge and not sank. Simple - see.

We all know that it is complete horseshit that this bridge was shut to pedestrians. It was closed supposedly for its condition, but really it was shut for "Security" reasons, meaning the GSA and FPS could park their nice big SUV's at the South Boston end of the bridge.

The bridge opened and shut just fine, well nearly all the time, until the day it was closed. If the bridge cannot support a few dozen pedestrians at one time, say 16,000 pounds of person weight spread out over the bridge at one time, then really it should have collapsed under its own weight, no? I'm not an engineer but it could take my 74 Dodge Monaco Land Barge filled with me and my buddies as late as 1988 then along with a lot of other traffic at once and two lanes stayed open even until at least 2001.

One of the best things that could have happened to streetscape Boston was the removal of the FBI to Chelsea. We were saved from another building with clean lines and plenty of anti-urban "open space" around it so machine gun fire could be exchanged easily. Ever wonder what those metal slots under the windows are for on the Congress Street side of the Federal Reserve building? They are not for easy ventilation.

This bridge closing is a legacy of Joe Moakley, who because it was his congressional district had the new bridge over the Channel named for his wife and he wanted the old bridge removed to make his now really ugly bridge (It looks like it was designed by the same person who designed early 90's HBO title cards) look better. 9/11 and the need for "Security" only made things worse.

Get the bridge open to people and make Boston's streetscape even better.

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Open the Northern Ave. Bridge!

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I crossed the Northern Ave. Bridge twice daily for almost 10 years in the 2000s and never once did it feel unsafe. I wish it was still open. It was a pleasant walk in a way that the ugly Moakley Bridge simply is not. There was even a farmer's market there sometimes in the Summer.

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Not an engineer but

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Something tells me that you can't tell whether a bridge is structurally sound by whether it 'feels unsafe.' If structural engineers say something isn't safe seems like it's generally a good idea to listen to them. Whether we should replace/repair etc the bridge is a different question, but it wouldn't make any sense to simply reopen it.

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Not even sure of the significance of half of what Jon Costello wrote, because I am relatively new to Boston (just a few years here so far). But comments like that are exactly why I read this site. The local memory is fascinating.

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King Triton was a former USCG

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King Triton was a former USCG small inland buoy tender that was bought by the City Of Boston and used by the Harbormaster to service the city mooring fields. It was called the “Probably Cause” until the mooring field was turned over to a private club and the boat was sold to Triton Diving, and is used as a commercial dive boat/workshop.
King Triton likely used to be USCGC Chokeberry (WLI-65304)
The Chokeberry was built in 1946 and operated out of Chrisfield, MD.
It was given to the Boston Police Department July 2002.
Sold at auction to Frank Weckesser on July 21, 2005.
Later sold to Captain Dale C. Freeman, owner of Triton Marine Services, Inc.

via https://tugster.wordpress.com/2016/03/22/port-of-boston-1/ http://www.esva.net/~rwest/boats.html

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Headline and post updated.

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