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Kodiak Alaska Military History

The official web site of the Kodiak Military History Museum

Army Dock

The Army got its own docking facilities on 20 March 1942 when property one-quarter mile southeast of Kodiak known as Kraft's dock was acquired by the Government. The pier was redesignated the Army Pier, Fort Greely.{12} Up to this time all Army cargo and passengers had been discharged in stream or at the Navy pier. At the time of purchase the dock measured 254 feet in length. Construction of an additional 146 feet was started at once, as was dredging at the dock face to bring the MLLW depth to 30 feet. (From Ft. Greely history.)

From land records the initial patent, No. 655249 April 1924, was to Kadiak Fisheries Company from the United States, Woodrow Wilson, President. On September 15, 1940, Kadiak Fisheries sold the property to O. Kraft and Son Inc. On July 9, 1942, Ben and Edna Kraft sold the property to the United States for $55,000. On September 26, 1947, the Bureau of Land Management sold the surplus property to the City of Kodiak including the following structures:
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20012016 Sq Ft
20022016 Sq Ft
20032016 Sq Ft
20042016 Sq Ft
200510,600 Sq Ft
20065445 Sq Ft
200728 x 30 Ft
200831 x 59 Ft
200924 x 1001? Ft
201016 x 50 Ft
201117 x 29 Ft
201320 x 100 Ft
202812 x 20 Ft
202912 x 12 Ft
203020 x 47 Ft
203130 x 45 Ft
Dock900 x 60 Ft
Dock approach10,194 Sq Ft
Float10 x 348 Ft

Some subsequent property owners include Alaska Ice and Storage Inc., Eastpoint Seafoods and King Crab, Inc. The 2002 plant is signed Ocean Beauty.

Photos from William Julian circa WWII. Originals are various sizes, mostly 2x3 inches. (Note: If largest version doesn't load, it may be only available on our CD-ROM of the website.)

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Photo courtesy of Bill Carlson, 50 Teton Lane, Apt 201, Mankato MN 56001-4853
Early WWII showing dock before additions. Courtesy of Bill Carlson.

Main index This page created 2001 March 1, updated 2004 September 5