11 Things You Should Know About Those Mysterious Google Barges

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11 Things You Should Know About Those Mysterious Google Barges

When you happen to be one of the biggest companies in the world, do you think that people wouldn’t notice when you have a couple of barges floating off the coast? The company in question is Google, of course. And, in case you’re not up on current events, Google has now placed not one, but two barges on each coast of the U.S.

CNET’s Timothy Brandon broke the story back on October 25, which regarded a mysterious barge being spotted in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. Since then, another barge has appeared off the coast of Portland, Maine and people have been coming up with all sorts of theories. To make matters worse, Google has been extremely tight-lipped on what exactly its doing. The Big G has even gone as far to make everyone involved sign a very strict nondisclosure agreement – which includes the Coast Guard. Of course, this would spark all sorts of wild sci-fi speculation.

Until we get some sort of confirmation from Google, here are 11 facts you should know about these barges.

  1. The barge is 250 feet long, 72 feet wide, and 16 feet deep, and was built by C & C Marine and Repair in 2011 in Belle Chasse, LA.
  2. The barge is constructed of 40-foot interchangeable shipping containers that are stacked into a single rectangular structure — four shipping containers long, four containers wide, four containers high – which can be assembled and disassembled whenever Google wants.
  3. Early speculation was that the barges would be used as data centers. The data centers would use the water they are floating on to cool everything down. Google came up with a patent for such a center in 2009.
  4. It’s currently believed that Google will use the barges as luxury showrooms, with a party deck for Glass retail. The sleek showrooms will float from city to city.
  5. The barges are owned by a shell company in Delaware – By and Large. This is a reference to the Buy N Large corporation Pixar’s “Wall-E.”
  6. In 2012, a 5-foot-high fence was built around the Hangar 3 parking lot, where the barge in San Francisco is located. Hundreds of laborers, welders, and plumbers were spotted on the site, working at least two shifts a day.
  7. Some of the features on the barges include: huge glass windows, Wi-Fi antennas, sewage pipes, air-conditioning ducts and staircases and balconies. These features seem to prove that they will be used for hosting events.
  8. There are a total of 3 barges – 2 in San Francisco and the one in the Portland harbor. Plans are calling for 4 barges altogether.
  9. The barges are registered as the following: BAL0001, BAL0010, BAL0011 (Portland) and BAL0100.
  10. The project is being overseen by Google founder Sergey Brin himself and members from the top-secret Google X team.
  11. The San Francisco location – Hanger 3 on Treasure Island – is a man-made island created in 1937 for the Golden Gate International Exhibition. In 1942, the island was seized by the U.S. Navy during World War II. Beginning in the 1980s, Treasure Island’s old aircraft Hangar 2 (Building 2) and Hangar 3 (Building 3) became sound stages for film and TV. Movies such as The Matrix and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade had scenes filmed at Treasure Island.

So, what do you think the purpose is of the secretive barges that Google has been constructing ? Do you think that they are indeed retail locations for Glass? Or, do you think that Google is up to something more nefarious?

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Albert Costill
Albert Costill is a co-founder of evolvor.com and a freelance writer who has written for brands like ForRent.com and Search Engine Journal. When he’s not writing and brainstorming content ideas, this New Jersey native spends his time traveling, blasting music, and keeping his chocolate lab at bay.
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  • http://drhalaas.com Dr Halaas

    very interesting that they are not transparent about their intentions for the barge.

  • Matthew Nowlin

    I honestly believe they are going to use this just outside territorial waters to host foreign workers for whom they cannot obtain visas.

  • walker

    Google are the partners of Andrea Rossi and his LENR (Cold Fusion) E-Cat. For the product launch they boil the sea next to the barge to show how effective it is, everyone asked the cold fusion proponents to boil a kettle of water.

    Afterwards they warm the sea next to the barge and people in swimming costumes swim in the sea next to the barges in December.

    Dignitaries visit the barges for the product launch where Google explain how they will provide power and electricity at a price to cheap to meter to the world and show how LENR will change so many aspects of the world from LENR cars to air and space travel. From greening the deserts to heating homes and providing power to light city based hydroponic organic factory farms for fresh on the shelf vegetables in supermarkets.

    There, is that wild enough speculation for you?


  • http://canadian-artist-songwriter.blogspot.com Fred Joly (canadafred)

    In as much the same way Google went about collecting private data, home network passwords etc from trolling around their Googlemobiles for mapping purposes so will Google exploit their technological advantage and amass more international secrets to sell to NSA. These are spies, Google. They have no business in Canada or any other “foreign” territory. Google —> STAY HOME in the USA!!

  • http://www.stuartmorris.com Stuart Morris

    Good point Matthew,
    Our favorite kid billionaire was just talking about H-1B visas, and attracting the brightest minds in the world. So Google always a step ahead of FB creates floating work stations instead of all this political pandering. LOL, ok maybe I don’t believe that and this is Sergey’s way of spending all G’s money on floating retail and expo centers.

  • Apostle Andrew

    A long time ago there was a lot of secrecy surrounding this Noah guy who was building a boat. Then a big storm came and everybody figured out why he built it. Sometimes you just have to wait and see.

  • http://www.daniweb.com/members/62088/canadafred Fred Joly (canadafred)

    Wait and see? Are you kidding me? A few months ago Google went into Canada’s parliament building to “take pictures” of the House of Commons and other “areas”. Innocent? Wait and see? Not this kid. US Corporations like Google, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook have been fingered out by Snowden as SELLING foreign intelligence to the NSA. These and other US corporations do much more than sell your information to advertisers. Some of them even perpetuate global fraud with immunity BECAUSE of the intelligence they gather for the US government’s purposes. Wait and see? The shareholder doesn’t care where the money comes from. The corporation has no conscience. The US has gone mad as far as I’m concerned and these US corporations need to keep themselves out of Canada. Period.

  • Ray Beaulieu

    Its a hologram maze. A high tech version of the old-time funhouse. Different places and settings at the touch of a button. You want to be in NY in the 1920’s? You got it. You want to be on the first moon base or on a ship to Mars? You got it. You want to be an actual character in your favorite video game? You got that too.