From a secret CIA mission to clearing the Baltimore bridge — meet ‘Chessy’ the crane

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The Chesapeake 1000 docked in Maryland in late March. Brian Witte/AP

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Cleanup efforts continue after last week’s fatal collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore. At the center of the wreckage removal is a massive decades-old crane – the largest on the East Coast.

“Picture essentially a giant floating crane on a barge. And the proportions of this are really difficult to describe or to fathom,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg told All Things Considered last week.


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