The Kalakala ferryboat has been named one of the most endangered historic ships in the country for 2012 by Fyddeye, which bills itself as “the Internet’s most comprehensive website for visitor information about America’s historic ships.”
The website’s readers nominated 27 ships and boats and then voted.
This is the second year Kalakala has made the list.
The 1930s-era boat is famous for its art deco design and sleek futuristic shape. The Coast Guard has declared the Kalakala a hazard to navigation last December and it continues to deteriorate in its moorage.
After a decade of unsuccessfully trying to find funds to fix it up, Steve Rodrigues lost ownership of the boat in November after a lien foreclosure sale to Tacoma businessman Karl Anderson.
“…Given its condition and the high cost of restoration, the Kalakala is likely to be scrapped, possibly as early as 2013,” according to Fyddeye.
Other endangered ships that made the list include USCG Station Chicamacomico Surfboat No. 1046 (Rodanthe, N.C.); Ernestina/Morrissey (New Bedford, Mass.); PTF-26 (Sacramento); USS Olympia (Philadelphia); SS United States (Philadelphia); Lettie G. Howard (New York); Falls of Clyde (Honolulu); Steam Tug Baltimore (Baltimore); Pea Island Life-Saving Station Beebe Surfboat (Manteo, N.C.).
Read more about the endangered historic ships.