Bath shipyard gets spidery shipment

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BATH — When Bath Iron Works personnel opened equipment crates earlier this month that had been sent from California, they found about two dozen eight-legged stowaways: black widow spiders.

BIW received the shipment – which came from a supplier of vertical launch system components – at a warehouse in Brunswick, and then transferred it to the Michael Murphy, a destroyer due to be delivered to the U.S. Navy next year.

No one was bitten by the venomous spiders, BIW spokesman Jim DeMartini said Wednesday.

DeMartini said that to the best of his understanding, the crates were opened aboard the ship, which was fumigated along with the warehouse.