Chugiak, Alaska: Chacon - Derelict Ship (Gone)

Built in 1912, the 82-foot-long Chacon had been sitting by the side of the highway so long that trees had grown up around it. The ship had its own historical plaque. 2022: Ship removed.

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 was on the right about one mile down the road, across the street from the Chugiak Fire Station.

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The ship has unfortunately been removed due to deterioration and being hazardous. The building next door, which will be Moosehorn Rental when it opens, has some memorabilia from the ship on display. According to the new owners that is expected to be this summer.

[Kerin Fassler, 05/04/2022]

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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