A barge built with four levels of shipping containers is seen at Pier 1 at Treasure Island in San Francisco, California October 28, 2013. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

A barge built with four levels of shipping containers is seen at Pier 1 at Treasure Island in San Francisco, California October 28, 2013. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Search giant Google on Wednesday finally broke its silence over the so-called “Google Mystery Barge” docked at San Francisco Bay’s Treasure Island, which for the past month has peaked everyone’s interest from maritime to tech buffs alike.

In an emailed statement to the tech website Techrunch and other media outlets, Google finally admitted:

Google Barge … A floating data center? A wild party boat? A barge housing the last remaining dinosaur? Sadly, none of the above. Although it’s still early days and things may change, we’re exploring using the barge as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology.

The four story barge, which has been linked to at least one other mystery barge in Portland, Maine, has led reporters on a wild goose chase trying to determine just what the barge could be used for.

Reports over its purpose have ranged from being one of Google’s patented floating data storage centers to an uber-exclusive showroom for the company’s new Google Glass.

The barge even prompted a visit from the U.S. Coast Guard last week, who kept mum on details as they have an “obligation to protect sensitive proprietary information”. The Coast Guard only said that its personnel had been onboard the barge, identified as barge BAL0010, to conduct routine inspections and ensure compliance with applicable, safety, security, and environmental protection regulations.

But for now the mystery is over. The “Google Barge” at San Francisco Bay’s Treasure Island is simply “an interactive space where people can learn about new technology”… whatever that means.

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  • Brian Maniglia

    Jim MacLeod

  • Mike Carroll

    I’ll presume you’ve seen Tim Colton’s post this morning.

  • Charlie Crane

    Almost like when Lockhead built stealth boat no one knew anything

  • I am a Merchant Navy guy, So I’m Automatically Coo

    huge

  • Kelly Kaufmann

    So they confirmed what it’s not, and gave a vague description of what it is. I feel like I know no more than I did .

    • L Smith

      That’s just mean. But funny.

  • Bruce Keller

    Ask O’bama he will spin another tale …….

  • gCaptain

    Haha. Precisely. It makes so much more sense now doesn’t it.

  • Kelly Kaufmann
  • Dale

    It’s “piqued”, not “peaked”.

  • Brandon Johnfroe

    I towed the BAL0011 to New London but had no idea who owned it. It was a brokered job and they kept it a secret

  • Brandon Johnfroe

    I towed the BAL0011 to New London but had no idea who owned it. It was a brokered job and they kept it a secret

  • Ramz Evero

    wow can i work in that company

  • Ramz Evero

    ?

  • Brent Fogg

    There’s one here in Portland,Maine too.

    • JoeO

      So,the interest that was piqued, has peaked?

  • Franklyn H. Lord

    Probably similar to the converted ferry boat “Second Sun” used as a floating information center when we started building atomic energy plants in the US.

  • Franklyn H. Lord

    Probably similar to the converted ferry boat “Second Sun” used as a floating information center when we started building atomic energy plants in the US.

  • MURIEL

    Several years ago when California was having an energy crisis, (one of reasons Gov. Gray Davis was recalled), there was a mystery Google barge. Same barge? Back then everyone said it was Google’s private electricity generating plant to see them through the rolling blackouts.

  • Hosea Besong

    Ok

  • Hosea Besong

    Ok

  • Hosea Besong

    Ok

  • Hosea Besong

    Ok

  • SJ EventHorizon

    It’s a Prison barge to house the Christians

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