It sits among the rusting hulls in the waters of Suisun Bay, the Sea Shadow was once considered to be among the world’s most top-secret ships, built during the final years of the Cold War. Now it is on the auction block priced for a quick sell.
For a mere $100,000 you can now own the 30-year-old technical marvel – the only ship ever built to be invisible to radar.
But the terms of the sale will end any dreams of playing James Bond on the San Francisco Bay. The owner will have to dismantled the ship and reduce it to scrap.
Friday’s auction brings to an end the Navy’s attempts to give the 164-foot, $50 million boat to a maritime museum.
"While several letters of interest were received … our only disposition option is dismantling and recycling," Navy spokesman Christopher Johnson told the Sacramento Bee.
The boat was secretly constructed by Lockheed Martin at a shipyard in Redwood City in 1985. It was coated with a still-classified formula of radar-absorbent materials to make it stealth and had a letter “A” catamaran design.
While not invisible to the naked eye, the design did make it hard to discern from a distance.
But the ship really never went into service and was used merely to test out cutting age technology. It was decommissioned in 2006 and has been a member of the Suisun Bay mothball fleet for several years.
Watchdogs are questioning an exclusive agreement between the City of Oakland and a non-profit group, tapped to lead a multi-million dollar project to redevelop the area around the Coliseum BART station.