Longtime Kodiak Fisherman Gives a Brief History of Harbormaster Building

Maggie Wall/KMXT

logo-w-sunburstThe history of Kodiak’s Harbormaster Building and its rebuilding following the 1964 Earthquake and Tsunami touches on interesting aspects of Kodiak’s fisheries.
If you recall KMXT had a story yesterday (Monday) about the Kodiak City Council granting approval to spend $150,000 for the final portion of building renovations, which include a shower facility for fishermen.

We mentioned the old harbormaster building was destroyed along with downtown Kodiak during the 1964 tsunami. Yesterday (Monday) was the anniversary of the tsunami.
Long-time Kodiak fisherman and long-time member of the Kodiak Port and Harbor Advisory Board, Nick Szabo, offered a correction and further information on how the fishermen helped to rebuild the structure.

It seems their help was not physical, so much as monetary. Szabo says Kodiak fishermen contributed half of the money for the construction of the current Harbormaster Building…

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The idea of showers for fishermen is not new, in fact, the 1960s era Harbormasters Building had fully functioning facilities…

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There’s a note of irony concerning the cost of the new shower facility in the old building…

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