First Alaska state ferry sinks at Anacortes dock


January 21, 2021

Courtesy of the Alaska Marine Highway System.

The Chilkat was built for the territory and went into service less than two years before statehood. The photo shows the ferry at sea in May 1957.

The first ship built for what would become Alaska's state ferry system sank Jan. 13 in a windstorm and dock collapse in Anacortes, Washington, where the decommissioned Chilkat had been moored to a concrete floating pier.

The ship sank about 85 mil...

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