For the last few days, workers have been painting, welding, and otherwise putting finishing touches on a massive barge that will be used to dredge harbors. At 1,500 tons, 185 feet long, and 65 feet wide, it is an imposing vessel. But almost as impressive is its location — the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy. The same site that has been closed to shipbuilding for nearly three decades.
That didn’t prove much of an obstacle to Jay Cashman Inc., which has trademarked the phrase, “Think impossible.” Since Cashman already owns an adjacent barge it keeps on the property, and had made repairs to other vessels there, the company decided Quincy was the place for its Cashman Dredging & Marine Contracting Co. subsidiary to build the barge.