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Catalog Number WF 1920
Caption Martinsen Shipyard
Description Workmen stand atop boards of a new vessel in the interior of Martinsen Shipyard located just east of 6th and I at the former site of Apex Fish Company. See WF 0060 for a view of this area in 1890. Apex Cannery began at this site c. 1901 and closed in the mid-1930s. The 6-4-1942 ANACORTES AMERICAN reported "Shipyard to locate between G to J avenues at end of 6th Street. Shipyard will build mine sweeper and Navy auxiliary types of vessels. Martinsen Shipyard Company of Seattle will erect a large and complete shipyard. Machinery to be moved here around June 16. 1060 feet of frontage property have been taken over by the company. The main building measures 460 feet long and 150 feet wide, giving the yard building 69,000 square feet. Railroad facilities and water frontage will be an exceptional advantage to shipbuilding. Naval architects Harold Lee and associates of Seattle are preparing plans for the remodeling and fitting of the docks suitable for the construction of ships up to 300 feet in length. Officers and executives: Martin M. Martinsen, president. Joseph O Donnell, vice president. Dave J. Grant, treasurer. Melvin Martinsen, secretary. Harold M. Troy, Olympia, attorney." The 6-11-1942 issue continued, "Before bulk of the work on the yard commences, Naval Architects will complete over-all layout of the construction and overhauling work to be done at the plant site.... The old Apex cannery building at the foot of J Avenue, which has not been used for a number of years, will be remodeled, it is reported, and will form the main building and offices of the company." The 3-4-1943 paper reported, "Hawthorne buys the Martinsen shipyards. New supervision." The business was renamed North Pacific Shipbuilding Corporation.
Date 1943 c.
Photographer BRADY, Ferd
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Business
Industry - Boat Building
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Apex Cannery
Martinsen Shipyard
North Pacific Shipbuilding Corporation
Object Name Negative