All around the web, Google has been getting lots of press for its four barges, two in San Francisco and two in Portland, Maine, which the company told TechCrunch are currently planned to be “interactive (spaces) where people can learn about new technology.” That squares with earlier reporting by Bay Area CBS affiliate KPIX that the barge contains multiple showrooms and a “party deck” on its top level.
That raises the question: where’s Seattle’s mystery barge?
It’s a thriving city with a major port, and a great tech community that creates amazing new technologies like smart socks and robot-powered retail. Google even has offices in Seattle and Kirkland, for crying out loud.
According to Google, that’s not good enough, at least for now.
“We only have barges in SF and Portland, ME,” a Google spokesperson wrote in an email.
Of course, it’s possible that Google plans to tow the San Francisco barge up to Seattle sometime in the future, especially since California regulations make it difficult for Google to keep the barge in one place for too long.
Still, it’s a big barge, and towing that monstrosity direct from San Francisco to Seattle’s shores will take a while. The company was mum on whether its future plans include building a barge around here, so there’s still hope for a massive Google installation.