Chugiak, Alaska: Roadside Derelict Ship

Built in 1912, the 82-foot-long Chacon has been sitting by the side of the highway so long that trees have grown up around it. The ship has its own historical plaque.

17049 Old Glenn Hwy, Chugiak, AK
Drive north out of Anchorage and take the South Birchwood exit. Turn right toward the Old Glenn hwy, drive a half-mile, turn left onto Old Glenn Hwy. The ship will be on the right about one mile down the road, across the street from the Chugiak Fire Station.
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Large, weather-beaten ship on dry land, just off a highway.

Roadside Ship

The ship "Chacon" was designed by Leslie Geary and built in Seattle by Johnson Brothers and Blanchard in 1912 to be used in the Alaska fishing industry. The boat struck a boom cable, causing damage to the bow, and was beached. She was refloated and hauled up to Anchorage and taken out of the water and moved to Chugiak to be restored, which unfortunately did not happen.

The boat is badly deteriorated and shows a lot of vandal damage but, nevertheless, maintains an imposing presence along the Old Glenn Highway. The owners light it up during the holidays and it has a somewhat eerie fascination with passers-by.

[Kerin Fassler, 12/12/2017]

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