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Baltimore bridge collapse: Crane tied to CIA's Cold War mission arrives for cleanup |

A powerful floating crane that played a role in what the CIA says was one of the “biggest intelligence coups of the Cold War” has arrived at the site of the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore to begin to remove the debris.

The Chesapeake 1000, which Unified Command tells Fox News Digital can “carry up to 1,000 tons,” arrived at the Patapsco River wreck site last night, where the remains of four construction workers are still missing after Tuesday's collapse.

The crane was originally built as a Sun 800 in 1972 to help build the Hughes Glomar Explorer, a deep-sea vessel used by the CIA in a secret mission called “Project AZORIAN” to recover a Soviet nuclear submarine that went sink into the Pacific Ocean during the Cold War, according to the Engineering News-Record.

She later increased her capacity from 800 to 1,000 tons and was purchased by Donjon Marine Co. Inc., based in New Jersey, in 1993, which confirmed details of the report to Fox News Digital on Friday.


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