The barge carries dozens of old shipping containers that were joined to create a four-story building. Google envisioned it as one of three floating retail stores.

The Portland Press Herald says an international company is buying the barge and taking it on an ocean voyage. Portland Harbor’s deputy harbor master says the containers will be disassembled and scrapped.

The barge first docked in Portland Harbor in October and moved to South Portland Wednesday. According to the Press Herald, the city collected $400,000 in property taxes on the barge while it sat in the harbor.

Google initially had little to say about the barges, leading to speculation about its intentions. It later revealed they were to be stores. One is moored in Stockton, Calif.


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