CREATED May. 14, 2013
Parts of what is left of 5 ships that were discovered back in 2008, just north of the southern railroad bridge, need to come up out of the Fox River. The reason why is because they are covered with PCB's
The Bob Teed and the Satisfaction, two tugboats that were used to carry goods in and out of the Port of Green Bay now need to be moved out of the Fox River.
"They are in pretty rough shape and there's not a lot of value in trying to preserve them," said Gary Kincaid. He's an engineer with the Department of Natural Resources and he works with the PCB cleanup team.
So instead of preserving the actual ships they will be disposed of in a landfill, but that doesn't mean this piece of Green Bay history will be forgotten.
"We're talking about a couple of shipwrecks, actually ships that were scuttled in the Fox River back in the late 1800's," said Rolf Johnson, the director of the Neville Public Museum.
The dredging project had to take some extra time when they came across these ships.
"Since they are of historical significance we had to go through this process to make sure that they were documented and preserved properly," said Kincaid.
The ships stick out of the water and you can actually see the tops of the boats just underneath the railroad bridge. It's a piece of the past that's getting new life as displays at the Neville Museum.
"It is part of the story of Green Bay and Brown County. It's part of the story of the Fox River and that's what the museum is interested in," said Johnson.
The DNR says that this historical find will not create a delay in the actual dredging project, in fact they say the cleanup is actually farther along the river than they planned for.