Overgrown Ship Hulk – Anacortes, Washington - Atlas Obscura

Anacortes, Washington

Overgrown Ship Hulk

This dilapidated ship carcass covered in trees is a striking sight. 

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Originally commissioned in 1917, the schooner La Merced was scuttled in 1966 and now lives out its days in this lonely boatyard in Anacortes. The overgrown ship is visible from the road, and makes for a striking image, covered in trees and wildlife. The ship can be accessed from the marina parking lot, but be warned that this is an active marina, with at least one person living in a houseboat, so be respectful. You can walk right up to the boat on a footpath or take pictures from the adjacent beach at low tide. 

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Best access is to find on-street parking in the nearby residential neighborhood, and then walk down the driveway to the marina. Then walk past the abandoned construction equipment, and you will find a footpath and access to the beach for viewing. Be mindful of the no trespassing signs scattered about.

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