Ship involved in major oil spill leaves San Francisco Bay forever

Jul 15, 2021
Mercury News

With no fanfare and few people realizing, an infamous chapter in Bay Area environmental history has closed. Or rather, sailed away.

The Cape Mohican, an 873-foot-long military cargo ship that was involved in one of the biggest oil spills in San Francisco Bay in the past half century, was towed from its longtime berth at the Port of Oakland and under the Golden Gate Bridge on Friday.

By Wednesday, it had reached Mexico, attached to a tug boat with a steel cable as thick around as a beer bottle and chugging along at 7 mph en route to the Panama Canal, then Beaumont, Texas, by Aug. 1, and probably not long after, to a final date with the shipyard in Brownsville to be broken down and recycled.

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