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Browns Point battered

Post by News Tribune Staff on Dec. 15, 2006 at 9:52 am |
December 15, 2006 9:52 am

At Browns Point, winds battered the Crow’s Nest Marina along Marine View Drive, between Tacoma and Federal Way.


The damage appeared to worsen after an old steel freighter, the New Star, which served as a breakwater, broke free of its anchors and moved broadside in the harbor.


"Basically, it opened up the door, so to speak. It let the wind into the marina," said Flotilla Commander Bob Hays of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, based in Des Moines.


At least three small finger piers collapsed and washed in. Three boats washed up against the bulkhead at the marina parking lot. And eight private vessels were partly or fully submerged.


"I can’t even see enough of them to get what they are," Hays said.


Zaderea Raphael owns two 50-foot houseboats — the Pamper and the Water Lily — and lives aboard the Water Lily. She was stunned by the overnight wind and wave action.


"This is a freak thing. We haven’t had a big storm since ’62," she said.


– reported by Ed Murrieta, The News Tribune

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