The Kalakala is not going gracefully.
Demolition work on the old art deco ferry has slowed as crews from Rhine Demolition Inc. begin dismantling the hull, said Mike Lano Sr., the manager in charge of the boat’s structural demolition.
Workers are using specialized equipment to cut through thick iron, and the work is rough on the equipment, Lano said Friday. Some hydraulic lines have snapped on the heavy machinery being used to cut up the Kalakala.
“It’s fighting back,” Lano said. “It’s pretty abusive to our equipment.”
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Lano said his work is about one-third of the way done, but that his crew remains on target to finish by a Feb. 10 deadline.
“We haven’t found any major surprises,” he said.
The Kalakala, which plied the waters of Puget Sound for nearly three decades before being retired in the 1960s, was pushed into the graving yard at Concrete Technology on Port of Tacoma Road last week.