Shoemaker Bay Harbor prepares for refurbishing


August 23, 2018

Photo courtesy of Rich E Rich Photography

During renovations, all boats and cars have to be moved out of Shoemaker Bay Harbor area. Here, a float house owned by Larry Kline can be seen being towed out of the harbor.

Shoemaker Bay Harbor was built in 1977 with a life expectancy of 25 to 30 years, according to Wrangell Harbor Master Gregg Meissner. Now, at 41-years-old, the harbor is finally getting rebuilt. Meissner said many of the renovations are to ensure the harbor meets the needs of modernboats.

The renovated Shoemaker Harbor will be similar to Heritage Harbor, he said, which was built in the early 2000s.

"Since 40 years ago boats have gotten wider and deeper, so the configuration will be a little different. The berths will be a little wider, the fairway's a little wider," he said.

The harbor curr...

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