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Google ‘mystery barge’ will be high-tech exhibition venue

Able-bodied seamen, decorative sails meant to evoke fish fins and dozens of security cameras will eventually make up the on-board complement of a mysterious four-story barge being built by Google.

Speculation over its intended use has run rampant in the region after Google confirmed it owned the barge.

The barge is actually a "technology exhibition space," that Google will move between several piers in the San Francisco Bay area and other West Coast locations during the next two years, according to a 36-page information packet submitted in August to the Port of San Francisco.

"We believe this curious and visually stunning structure will be a welcome addition to the waterfront; an experience unlike any other that celebrates community, local organizations and the history of San Francisco," reads the document, which lists the project as being spearheaded by By and Large LLC.

Click here for the full report by Maritime Executive.