Ketchikan landmark demolished

Posted: Monday, January 22, 2001

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A familiar sight that dominated Ketchikan's waterfront for 72 years was demolished after it was determined that renovating the building would be too expensive.

The McKay Marine Ways building was built by Scottish shipwrights in 1929. The yard was a center for ship repair.

When it opened, McKay was the largest covered marine ways in Alaska and was fully operational until 1984. But owner Dick Hamlin said rot had gotten the best of the wooden structure. Part of it was destroyed in 1931 when an overturned tarpot ignited a fire.

In the 1980s, the community made an unsuccessful effort to turn the shipyard into a museum. That plan was abandoned when it was determined it would cost about $4 million.



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