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Matanuska hits Ocean Beauty dock


Milinda May

The moment of impact was captured in this photo by passenger Milinda May as the AMHS ferry Matanuska’s bow crashed into the second story structures and dock of the Ocean Beauty Seafood plant on Monday.

PETERSBURG — The Alaska Marine Highway ferry Matanuska crashed into the face of the Ocean Beauty Seafoods dock in Petersburg at 1:00 p.m. Monday.

The M/V Matanuska was negotiating a turn in Wrangell Narrows prior to the accident as it prepared to dock at the Petersburg ferry terminal on its southbound trip.

Heavy damage was sustained to the face of the Ocean Beauty dock. Dock piling were broken and the hydraulic crane was dangling over the water. In addition to the dock damage, the second floor office walls and walkways were crushed by the hit.

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