There will be one last voyage for the Powhatan. The 81-foot tugboat sank at its dock in Sitka’s Starrigavan Bay in April. This week (6-12-17) salvage crews raised the Powhatan and placed it aboard a barge for a ride south to a Seattle scrap yard.
An old tugboat owned by Samson Tug & Barge remains underwater near Sitka. But divers have plugged the Powhatan's vents, reducing further oil leakage. The state is discouraging the public against swimming in the water or harvesting shellfish along the beach.