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From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, December 1970.

Heavy surges and wave action in the inner harbor caused officials in the W.R Chamberlin Company to turn loose the 3,225-ton barge Oliver J. Olson III Sunday afternoon about 1 p.m.

The barge was in port to take on a cargo of lumber but when the surges broke the two stern lines, officials decided to cut her loose before the barge had completed loading a full cargo. At the time she was taken out in the stream by Olson’s tug, “Star Crescent,” the barge had taken on 1,600,000 board feet of lumber bound for Las Angeles and San Diego markets.

Before she was turned loose, the barge did an estimated $500 in damage to Chamberlin’s docks when dock caps were lifted in one place.


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