The Google barge has sparked imagination and mystery in tech circles and the mainstream alike. Now it looks like Google is going to scrap the barge project at least in Maine (the San Francisco location still remains). CNET reports that Google may be selling or has already sold their barge in Portland, Maine to a large international barge company.
Roger Hale, owner of Turners Island cargo terminal in South Portland, told the Press Herald that the Google Barge there had been sold, and is being readied for an “ocean voyage.” The paper reported that the barge would be on the move from the port city within days.
When the media found out about the barge the inter webs exploded in rumor and speculation, everything from secret data mining to a floating high-end Google boutique were some of the stories. Some even speculated that Google wanted to float out beyond the reach of US laws to operate without any parameters (tin foil hats anyone?). CNET has reached out to Google for comment, but there has been no official statement as of yet. We may never know what Google was up to on that massive beast. They may just be prepping the San Francisco location for primetime. At least the city of Portland made out with a whopping $400,000 in property taxes paid to them by Google. What do you think about the Google barge project’s potential demise? Is this the end of it? Or does Google have grander plans? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.
Featured image courtesy Digital Trends.