They’re multiplying! THIRD mystery Google barge found lurking in San Francisco Bay

Speculation is rampantDaily Mail – by Mark Prigg

The mystery of exactly what Google is building on a barge close to San Francisco deepened today as a MailOnline investigation uncovered a second structure being built hastily at the top secret site.

The huge structure, made up of specially modified shipping containers, looks set to be identical to the first. Another, identical barge has been spotted thousands of miles away on the East Coast in Portland, Maine.  

Speculation is rampant over what the barges will be used for – with the two most likely reasons being floating showroom ‘party boats’ to market Google Glass or data centers that can be cooled by sea water.

Such is the level of secrecy surrounding the project – said to be overseen by Google founder Sergey Brin himself and his Google X team – even members of the Coast Guard have been forced to sign non-disclosure agreements along with the teams of engineers and welders who have been working there.

Clone: Hasty construction began this week on a second Google barge off Treasure Island, San FranciscoClone: Hasty construction began this week on a second Google barge off Treasure Island, San Francisco

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Thinking outside the box: These containers were being prepared to be put onto the second barge – but Google won’t say what the boats will be used for sparking rampant speculation

Construction materials are see Party! MailOnline believes the structures will most likely be floating showrooms for Google Glass after speaking to locals and investigating the structures close-up

A barge builtGoing up! The barge’s four-level structure is being prepared on the land before it will be placed on top – like it’s neighbor

Undeterred, MailOnline visited the Treasure Island site twice – and on each trip was followed by private security guards after hiring a boat to come closer than anyone else so far to the mystery project.

And from what MailOnline has seen and heard it is most likely the barges are showrooms, despite their rather depressing exterior – which hide tantalizing clues as to their true use.

Even when walking around the huge hangar site where the barges are being constructed, the car followed us – stopping close by when we talked to passing dog-walkers.

The location, on Treasure Island just outside San Francisco, contains a large hangar known simply as ‘Building 3’, with one almost-complete barge moored on a pier outside.

The mysterious building is dotted with security cameras and wireless communication antenna, along with large signs warning it’s a ‘secure area’ with mobile phones banned from being used inside.

Signs areSecret: Workers at the site have had to sign NDAs – as have members of the Coast Guard. These intimidating signs even show how construction workers have to hand over their phones before going into ‘Building 3’

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Heavies: MailOnline was watched every step of the way by cameras and security guards as we investigated

Massive Barge On San Francisco Bay Likely Secret Google FacilityMystery: Locals have said that construction started earlier in the year but has stepped up a pace since the secret site’s existence started to make waves

When MailOnline first visited the area on Thursday, the hangar next to the pier appeared deserted, with nothing outside.

However, returning today, we found a series of shipping containers that will form a second structure had arrived, along with the connecting trusses and walkways needed to complete the building on a second, empty barge that has been moored next to the first one.

Workers could also be seen erecting a large fence to stop people wandering onto the pier following the huge publicity they have suddenly attracted.

Even when we approached the barge by boat, a car quickly drove as close by as possible and a worker in a hi-visibility jacket watched our every move, and could be seen speaking into a walkie-talkie.

Once on shore, and walking close by the shipping containers destined to become a second structure, a driver following us rolled down the window and told us not to stray too close to the shipping containers being prepared to be lifted on the barge – but admitted we were free to take pictures.

Speculation is rampantImpressive: The structure is four levels high and as big as a super yacht and has some peculiar features

ConstructionAntennae: These are believed to be Wi-Fi aerials which poke from the top of the structure – and along the side of the building are what look like vents – are they to cool party-goers or huge servers?

Construction details of a barge built with four levels of windowed shipping containers is seen docked Pipes: These look like sewage outflows – they could be to cool servers with sea water – or even just service guest restrooms on the boat

Locals told us there had been no work on the project for several weeks – until yesterday.

We counted 12 large shipping containers, with instructions scrawled on them, outside the hangar, alongside the various connector trussed and panels needed to build the second structure.

It is believed there will be four barges in total, all registered to a Delaware corporation called By and Large LLC, an apparent nod to the fictitious company Buy and Large from WALL-E which looked after lazy and fat humans on a spaceship after Earth had become uninhabitable.

The barges are registered under the names BAL0001, BAL0010, BAL0011 and BAL0100, and MailOnline spotted a series of large laser cut metal signs with these numbers on at the San Francisco location – along with signs appearing to say ‘New’.

At one end of the barge, there are a series of pipes for water and sewage, which could be used, some say, for cooling computer equipment on board – or less mysteriously – toilets for guests.

A barge built with four levels of windowed shipping containers is seen docked at a pier on Treasure Island in San Francisco, California October 31, 2013. Purportedly Hidden: The rear of the barge is hidden by thick black netting and the sides have impressive staircases

Construction details of a barge built with four levels of windowed shipping containers is seen docked at a pier on Treasure Island in SanFlash: But beyond the netting are wide windows that look fit for use in a showroom – and are in marked contrast to the industrial look of the rest of the building

Construction details of a barge built with four levels of windowed shipping containers is seen docked at a pier on Treasure Island in San Francisco, California October 31, Interior: The containers have been fitted out for human use – with paneling and electrical wiring and lighting

Intriguingly there are walkways on the roof of the building, and staircases on one side, along with a small balcony and glass doors that open onto it.

The front of the barge also has large glass doors, and each container has a narrow window slit.

A large part of the structure is covered in thick black netting to shield it from prying eyes. And through the netting large glass windows can be seen – which when unveiled will give the white steel barge boxes a much more glamorous look than they have now.

The mysterious structures first appeared in Treasure island earlier this year, when a team of up to 60 welders worked 24 hours a day.

Google asked local firms to sign an NDA about the project, but we managed to find two firms who Google had decided not to approach.

‘The whole area was fenced in with screen so you couldn’t see,’ said Keith Miller, who runs a construction firm yards from the hangar.

Let there be light: Every container has the same intriguingly narrow window cut inLet there be light: Every container has the same intriguingly narrow window cut in

Insulation: The interiors of the containers are being fitted out for human habitation on landInsulation: The interiors of the containers are being fitted out for human habitation on land

Construction materials are see There’s more! MailOnline found these BAL 0011 signs being prepared for another barge

Construction details of a barge built with four levels of windowed shipping containers is seen docked at a pier on Treasure Island in San Francisco, California October 31, The ‘Lego brick’ containers are almost identical and could be designed to be taken down and rebuilt easily

Balconies: The barge has lots of balconies, presumably for partygoers to enjoy a breath of fresh air from the stuffy interiorBalconies: The barge has lots of balconies, presumably for partygoers to enjoy a breath of fresh air from the stuffy interior

‘There were 50-60 iron workers there around the clock, we’re definitely interested to find out what it is. They have 24 hour security driving around, and it definitely makes us interested.

‘It blocked our view of the Bay Bridge completely. They were cutting holes and windows in the side of some, and some parts had no walls at all.’

The containers were then slotted together ‘like Lego bricks’ on the barge to form the large structure, which is four stories high.

Along one side are 12 long tubes which could hold solar panels, be antenna of some kind or even be used as air vent for a cooling system. Twelve more are on the roof of the building.

Those working nearby believe that the barges will be used as some sort of glitzy showroom, rather than a data center from the materials they saw being carried in.

And sources have also told KPIX 5 that the first three floors will serve as showrooms that can be fitted with floor lighting while an upper ‘party deck’ can host bars and it is Google’s bid to outshine Apple – who’s stores have become iconic around the world.

A security guard waves from barge built with four levels of windowed shipping containers at a pier on We’re not telling: The project is said to be personally overseen by Google founder Sergey Brin and is being run by the Google X secret facility in Mountain View, California

Construction materials are see outside a hanger adjacent to a
Construction materials are see outside a hanger adjacent to a barge built with four levels of

Fresh: The barges – overseen by Google founder Sergey Brin and his Google X team – are said to be showrooms to take on Apple with their stores which have become landmarks around the world

Detail: The materials for the barges are stacked up rough and ready on the pierDetail: The materials for the barges are stacked up rough and ready on the pier

‘They build in that hangar, you could hear and smell the welding,’ said one worker at the construction firm, who wanted to remain anonymous.

‘You could see a lot of glass going is, almost as if they were making homes or shelters.

‘There were windows and doors taken in – almost like building Lego houses.’

She added that, oddly, no computer equipment has been seen moved in.

‘Whatever they’re doing, it’s taking a hell of a lot of workers, they were there 24 hours for months.

‘A lot of money has gone into this project.’

A local sailing school had a prime view of site – until Google erected fences.

‘They’re very nice people, but it’s very hush-hush,” said a member of staff at the club.

‘It’s been here for a while, so it’s pretty old hat now.’

 

‘There was a lot of glass – it looked like it could be a beautiful piece of architecture, they’ve added glass bay windows, then it was covered up.

Mystery: This is the Maine barge that is thought to be part of a floating data center project by Google

World domination: Another barge was spotted in Portland, Maine, thousands of miles away this week

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Red herring? Speculation at first focused on this Google patent from 2009 for a sea-cooled data farm

‘A friend of mine thinks it could even be a pop-up party barge, which would be pretty cool – but it doesn’t look like a data center from what we’ve seen – but we haven’t seen very much.

‘We asked a guy there, and he told us you’ll see what it is soon enough – it’ll all make sense, he said, so I think it’s something they are planning to announce with a lot of fanfare.’

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16 thoughts on “They’re multiplying! THIRD mystery Google barge found lurking in San Francisco Bay

  1. I wonder if it has anything to do with the NSA. Did Google get a contract?

    Hmmm peaks one’s curiosity doesn’t it?
    . . .

  2. BAL 0011

    As an ex sailor (navy74-78) I wonder about this hull #??
    Take for example:
    FF 205 Fast Frigate
    DE 745 Destroyer Escort
    BB 5 Battleship
    AFD(M, L,)8 Auxiliary Floating Dry Dock(Medium, Large)
    See the picture? So what is BAL 0011? Now this is pure speculation, but how about Basic Accommodation Large?
    Among the possibilities is Japan, Fukushima. Suppose they screwed up so bad that Japan has to be evacuated?
    How about far off shore berthing for TPTB while they escape armegeddon on land by what was that bomb? A neutron, neuron? It kills without damaging buildings, etc?
    I have a book, Compact Cabins: Simple Living in 1000 Square Feet or Less that has a design using a shipping container. It looks like 2 (3 if you don’t mind tight space) could live in one. So combine two or more and create comfortable multi room condos.
    Enough babble, I’m just spit balling this to see where it goes. AND! I want to know what these things are!!

    http://www.amazon.com/Compact-Cabins-Simple-Living-Square/dp/1603424628/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1383359384&sr=1-5&keywords=micro+cabins.

    1. Possible, however like an AFDM it would require the assist of a sea going tug or 2.
      Hmmmm, does look like a plausible idea.

      1. When they send in the attack force, or a fleet of ships and subs, after they nuke the east and west coast, of course. They just pull them behind their fleets to bring as many troops with them as they can. That way they don’t have to spend the money and time building more ships, they just make, or extort Google (CIA) to make them, for them. 100,000 men x 3 barges (so far) equals 300,000 troops, plus, the men on the fleet of ships. They have to get a few million troops here all at once to over whelm us… or they die, right???

  3. Interesting ideas, all of them. One thing I wonder considering the attack barge concept, why the high dollar glazing? Those are some very costly windows, like in high rises. Or the, for it’s purpose, luxurious looking ladders built onto the side?

    1. The extra wide stairwells for 100,000 troops to move freely about.

      Also, they plan on carting our wealth back to the Chinese mainland. They could just have a bunch of these barges on each coast and load them with all of our wealth, our wives, our daughters, silver, gold, our Harleys, all of our collectibles… and haul it all back to China, before Russia get it… or, the rest of the world for that matter. They plan on picking us clean…. Because we are considered as a pariah to the world, not to mention the laughing stock of the world.

  4. Probably going to be a huge water desalinization plant of some sort with living quarters. These Google billionaires have the money to do it. Guaranteed safety while floating offshore? These are floating bunkers.

    You could dock next to them with a huge yacht if needed as well. Maybe a support vessel of some sort.

      1. I’m just guessing like everyone else…lol.
        BAL could stand for British anti-Lewisite….although I don’t see a corporation like google actually trying to help people.

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