Ok, looking for some history for a small price?
How about a former CIA salvage barge and a ship so secret it has been hidden from view most of its life inside of it?
On the GSA Auctions site (gsaauctions.gov), basically the Government’s version of eBay, they are selling the Sea Shadow and the Hughes Mining Barge that has hidden it from public view for most of the past 27 years.
Sea Shadow was the world’s first stealth ship. She was acquired in 1984 from Lockheed and operated experimentally until 2006. Now you can pick her up for scrap, literally.
Type: Stealth ship
Displacement: 563 long tons (572 t)
Length: 164 ft (50 m)
Beam: 68 ft (21 m)
Draft: 15 ft (4.6 m)
Speed: 14.2 knots (26.3 km/h; 16.3 mph)
Complement: 4 (12 berths)
The Hughes Mining Barge, (HMB-1) is is a submersible barge about 99 m (324 ft) long, 32 m (106 ft) wide, and more than 27 m (90 ft) tall. The HMB-1 was originally developed as part of Project Azorian (more widely, but erroneously, known as “Project Jennifer”), the top-secret effort mounted by the Central Intelligence Agency to salvage the remains of the Soviet submarine K-129 from the ocean floor. The HMB-1 was designed to be submerged under the Glomar Explorer to conceal any salvaged remains from Soviet observers.
After the conclusion of Project Azorian, the HMB-1 was mothballed at the Todd Shipyard in San Francisco, California until November, 1982. At that time, the United States Navy towed the huge barge to a Lockheed Martin facility in Redwood City, California, where it became a floating drydock for the construction and sea trials of the Sea Shadow, an experimental stealth ship being tested by the Navy.
The Navy has been trying to find a museum that wanted them for the past three years, and with no takers, they are auctioning them off. Current High bid is $130,000
Auction ends tomorrow.
THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE BEING SOLD AS ONE LOT AND ARE NOT TO BE SEPARATED UNTIL AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE GOVERNMENT FACILITY. THE EX-SEA SHADOW (IX-529), YEAR BUILT: 1983, BUILDER: LOCKHEED MARTIN, OVERALL LENGTH: 164 FEET, WATERLINE LENGTH: 118 FEET, EXTREME BEAM 68 FEET, WATERLINE BEAM: 58 FEET, MAXIMUM NAVIGATIONAL DRAFT: 15 FEET, DRAFT LIMIT: 15 FEET, LIGHT DISPLACEMENT: 499 TONS, HULL MATERIAL: STEEL HULL AND SUPERSTRUCTURE, DIESEL ELECTRIC PROPULSION SYSTEM, NUMBER OF PROPELLERS: TWO. (THE EX-SEA SHADOW SHALL BE DISPOSED OF BY COMPLETELY DISMANTLING AND SCRAPPING WITHIN THE U.S.A. DISMANTILING IS DEFINED AS REDUCING THE PROPERTY SUCH AS IT HAS NO VALUE EXCEPT FOR ITS BASIC MATERIAL CONTENT.) THE EX-HUGHES MINING BARGE (HMB-1), COVERED SEMI-SUBMERSIBLE DECK CARGO BARGE/FLOATING DRY-DOCK (WITH DOCKED EX-SEA SHADOW (IX-529) ON BOARD.) HMB-1 – LIGHT DISPLACEMENT: 4,585 TONS, LENGTH OVER ALL): 324 FEET, BREATH: 106.8 FEET, DEPTH: 18.8 FEET, HEIGHT OF WING WALLS ABOVE MAIN DECK: 62 FEET, LENGTH INSIDE WING WALLS: 276 FEET, WIDTH INSIDE WING WALLS: 76.6 FEET, YEAR BUILT: 1972, DRAFT: FORWARD: 8 FEET, AFT: 9 FEET, AIR DRAFT: 97.7 FEET, BUILDER: NATIONAL STEEL SHIP BUILDING COMPANY, SAN DIEGO, CA., CONSTRUCTION: WELDED STEEL, SPOON BOW AND FLAT BOTTOM WITH 18 INCH DEAD RISE, AND RADIUS BILGE PLATING. THESE ITEMS ARE BEING SOLD AS ONE LOT AND WILL NOT BE SEPERATED. IN ORDER TO BID ON THIS LOT, BIDDERS WILL NEED TO REQUEST A BID BUTTON BY PROVIDING A BID DEPOSIT IN THE AMOUNT OF $10,000, AND A SIGNED COPY OF THE ATTACHED STATEMENT OF INTENT (COMPLETELY FILLED OUT). BIDDERS MUST AGREE TO ALL OF THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS ON THE STATEMENT OF INTENT. IF ANY TERM OR CONDITIONS IS NOT AGREED TO OR IF NO BID DEPOSIT IS PROVIDED, BIDDERS WILL BE CONSIDERED NON-COMPLIANT AND NO BID BUTTON WILL BE ASSIGNED. ADDITIONALLY, BIDDERS WILL NEED TO BE REGISTERED ON GSAACUTIONS(SM) IN ORDER TO RECEIVED A BID BUTTON AND WILL NEED TO SUPPLY THEIR ON-LINE USER NAME, THE REGISTERED E-MAIL ADDRESS, A DAYTIME TELEPHONE NUMBER, THEIR REGISTERED NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS. THE BID DEPOSIT MUST BE IN THE FORM OF AN ACCEPTABLE CREDIT CARD, CASHIERS CHECK OR MONEY ORDER AND ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION MUST BE RECEIVED BY 1:00 P.M. CST ON FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2012. CREDIT CARD DEPOSITS CAN BE CALLED INTO GSA AT 215-446-5065. CASHIERS CHECKS OR MONEY ORDERS MYST BE OVERNIGHTED TO GSA, PROPERTY, ATTN JOHN LUBESKI, STRAWBRIDGES BUILDING, 10TH FLOOR, 20 NORTH 8TH STREET, PHIALDELPHIA, PA 19107. ALL DEPOSITS FOR UNSUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WILL BE RETURNED TO THE BIDDER WITHIN 3 BUSINESS DAYS OF THE CLOSING OF THE SALE. ONCE THE SALE HAS BEEN AWARDED, THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER MUST SUBMIT BALANCE OF PAYMENT AND A COPY OF THE ATTACHED PERFORMANCE BOND (SF25) IN AN AMOUNT OF NOT LESS THAN $500,000, WITHIN 10 BUSINESS DAYS. IF PAYMENT AND/OR SF25 IS NOT RECEIVED, SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WILL BE CONSIDERED IN DEFAULT OF THIS CONTRACT. TEN (10) DAYS NOTICE IS REQUIRED TO SCHEDULE INSPECTION AND/OR REMOVAL. PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY. THIS SALE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 21 DAYS TO ACCOMIDATE THE 10 DAY INSPECTON REQUIREMENT. *****PLEASE NOTE THIS SOLICITATION WAS UPDATED ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012 TO CORRECT THE LENGTH (OVER ALL) FOR THE EX-HMB-1. THE CORRECT LENGTH (OVER ALL) OF THE EX-HMB-1 IS 324 FEET. ADDITIONALLY, THE TIME-FRAME FOR SUBMITTING STATEMENT OF INTENTS AND BID DEPOSITS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2012, 1:00 P.M. CST. N0002412520001