PORT ORCHARD, Wash. — The Washington Attorney General’s Office says the owner of a historic wooden tugboat that sank off Bainbridge Island in 2013 has been ordered to pay nearly $45,000 to the state for cleanup costs.
Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Jennifer Forbes on Monday ordered Anthony Smith to pay most of the money to the state Department of Natural Resources for the cost of raising the tugboat Chickamauga from Eagle Harbor, and the rest to the Department of Ecology for cleaning up diesel fuel.
Smith pleaded guilty in July to charges of pollution and allowing a vessel to become derelict. He was sentenced to 20 days home confinement, and the state dropped theft charges related to his failure to pay moorage fees.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson says derelict vessels are a serious threat to the state’s waterways, and owners must be held accountable.