Google's mysterious floating 'showroom' barge project has been scrapped

Google's mysterious floating 'showroom' barge project has been scrapped
image by Portland Press Herald

Remember Google's mysterious barge, moored to Portland Harbor? Shortly after we first heard about it, we were told that the idea behind is for it to become some sort of a floating showroom for Google products. Unfortunately, it appears the project may have been scrapped.

According to the Portland Press Herald, the barge, which carries over 60 shipping containers in order to form a four-story high monolithic construction, has been sold to an undisclosed company and has been towed and moved to Turner's Island Cargo Terminal in South Portland, where the many containers will be deconstructed and recycled.

It is said that the barge could have set back Google some $4 million, and it had to pay another $400,000 in property taxes while it was anchored in Portland. Too bad nothing came out of the 250-foot barge, though we suspect the Mountain View-based company was able to recuperate some of the losses it incurred.

By all accounts, it appears that this is the end of Google's mysterious barge.

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5 Comments

1. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Some say that Elop was found at the construction site, trying to make it a burning platform.

2. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Masterful.

3. FYoung

Posts: 42; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Too bad. They looked cool. They would have made great Google stores or whatever. I assume they were cancelled due to regulatory problems, such as zoning or building codes.

4. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

So there is no info at all on what it was supposed to be or do? What was the plan?

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Ah, so much for Google's floating porn palaces for the Glass generation. I am glad Elop has finally found a mission in life that I can support, burning down the Google Glass platform.

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