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Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 1:34 pm | Updated: 8:26 am, Sat Apr 23, 2011.

U.S. Coast Guard officials reported a delay on Wednesday of a wayward houseboat being transported to Herman and Helen's Marina in Stockton.

The barge, converted into a three-story houseboat, was scheduled to be towed during high tide Wednesday between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., according to marina manager Chuck Spurlock. It was expected to take two hours from that time for a tugboat to tow the houseboat to the marina, Spurlock said.

The barge was stuck on the shores of Webb Tract near the mouth of the San Joaquin and Mokelumne rivers on Sunday, according to U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Laura Williams. It was originally scheduled to arrive at the Stockton marina sometime Tuesday night, but it has been postponed until today, Williams said Tuesday afternoon.

The houseboat was headed from Sacramento to Herman and Helen's Marina at the western edge of Eight Mile Road, when it became stuck on Sunday morning, Williams said. The marina was considering purchasing the barge.

Spurlock said he will inspect the barge for damage and see if it is still worth buying.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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  • Ross Farrow posted at 12:57 pm on Thu, Apr 21, 2011.

    Ross Farrow Posts: 104

    Another update: The Coast Guard instructed the operator of the tugboat to wait until at least today to tow the houseboat to Herman and Helen's Marina because there was too much boat traffic on the San Joaquin River. So says marina manager Chuck Spurlock. I'm still waiting for confirmation from the Coast Guard.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 8:04 pm on Wed, Apr 20, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Are you kidding? This is actually news? News-Sentinel front page headlines?



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