The first deep-water dock at Seward was built in 1906 to serve the needs of this growing community. During the next fifty-plus years it was expanded to include room for larger ships, the construction of a railroad trestle to permit trans-shipment of goods from sea to rail, and a large warehouse and freight facility constructed on pilings over the water.
Throughout the golden years of steamship travel to Alaska between 1910 and 1950, the Seward dock hosted scores of civilian and military vessels, large and small. After the railroad linking Seward with interior Alaska was completed, and before the Alaska Highway was finished at the end of World War Two, virtually all passengers and freight bound for Anchorage, Fairbanks, and other destinations around Southcentral Alaska landed at Seward and crossed the venerable wooden structure.
At 5:36 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 1964 everything changed.