From the days of the coastal steamships, a look back

“Crews of firemen, Coast Guardsmen and civilians were on the spot, fire hose covered nearly every foot of the dock and chemicals arrived,” the Chronicle reported later that afternoon. "For more than an hour scores of firemen used every facility available in a futile attempt to bring the blaze under control but when every effort was expended the ship had to be taken away from the dock. – A sample of a review of some shared coastal history from Alaskan writer Dave Kiffer.

Much like Prince Rupert, Ketchikan has had some spectacular fires in its history, one of the more memorable events came on September 22, 1945, when a CN coastal steamship caught fire in the southeast Alaska port.

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