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Owner of historic tug pleads guilty in sinking

Jul 26, 2016 10:07 AM

Chickamauga leaked hundreds of gallons of fuel at a Washington marina

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(PORT ORCHARD, Wash.) — The owner of a historic tugboat that sank in 2013, leaking hundreds of gallons of fuel, pleaded guilty Monday to charges related to the sinking, the Kitsap Sun reported. Anthony R. Smith, the owner of Chickamauga, the nation's first diesel-powered tugboat when it was built in 1915, was sentenced to 20 days in jail or electronic home monitoring. Smith pleaded guilty to counts of causing a vessel to become abandoned or derelict and discharging polluting matter into state waters.

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