One of the best-known fishing boats ever built in Gig Harbor on Washington’s Puget Sound has met a bittersweet fate.
Earlier this month, the purse seiner Avalon, built in the Skansie shipyard, was dismantled in Port Townsend.
But even as was torn apart, every board and bit of hardware was documented by the Gig Harbor BoatShop.
Earlier this year, the Avalon was declared “derelict” by the Department of Natural Resources after it sank in the Hood Canal.
Derelict boats are usually demolished and, essentially, tossed into the dumpster.
When he heard about the Avalon’s sad fate, BoatShop founder and Executive Director Guy Hoppen contacted DNR.
“I said ‘It’s too bad we don’t have a way that historic vessels like the Avalon can be taken apart thoughtfully so we can recover possible artifacts that could go to museums and similar places,’” Hoppen said.
As it turned out, DNR’s archaeologist was already looking into that.