SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's mystery barge floated Thursday to its new home in the California delta after the Internet company was ordered to move it from San Francisco.
The odd-looking, four-story vessel made of recycled shipping containers departed from Treasure Island to comply with a Jan. 31 regulatory order concluding that Google Inc. didn't have the proper permits to build it there.
Construction stopped on the project late last year.
Google says the barge will serve as an interactive technology center when it's done. However, various theories have been floated about its purpose. Among the most popular have been that Google is building a party boat, roaming data center or aquatic store.
The vessel's new home will be Stockton, a city about 80 miles east of San Francisco on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River delta. The Port of Stockton falls outside the jurisdiction of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, the agency that forced the barge to leave Treasure Island.
"It was an exciting morning for us," said Port of Stockton Director Richard Aschieris. "This doesn't happen every day. In fact I would probably say this is, from a maritime point of view, the highest visibility vessel we may have ever hosted."
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