East Wareham marina warehouse to be torn down

By Matthew Bernat | Mar 05, 2018
Photo by: Matthew Bernat Authorities plan to tear down the Continental Marina's boat storage facility on Wednesday.

Officials have condemned a boat storage facility in East Wareham that could collapse at any moment, planning to tear down the building on Wednesday.

“We’re actively trying to get it taken down,” said Building Inspector David Riquinha.

The building is located at 3236 Cranberry Highway and is owned by Continental Marina. It suffered extensive damage during Friday’s nor’easter, which brought down trees and electrical wires across town, knocking out power for 99 percent of Wareham for a day and a half.

On Friday night, high winds warped the building’s frame and blew off most of its sheet metal siding, exposing the boats stacked and stored inside. During the storm, the siding caused a dangerous situation on Cranberry Highway, prompting a response from the Onset Fire Department.

“Pieces of steel were flying across the road like guillotines,” said Onset Fire Chief Ray Goodwin. “We thought someone was going to get killed.”

While trying to secure the road, a 25-year-old Onset firefighter was badly injured during a hit-and-run. He remains in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital. Wareham Police are searching for the suspect.

On Saturday, authorities closed a stretch of Cranberry Highway, from Jefferson Shores to the Bourne town line, fearing an imminent collapse. The highway has since reopened.

Riquinha said he’s currently speaking with Continental Marina’s insurance company. Regarding the boats inside, Riquinha said a plan is being worked on to remove them safely. He said it’s unclear at this time what that plan will be.

Authorities plan to tear down this boat storage facility on Wednesday. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
High winds on Friday blew sheet metal siding off of this warehouse on Cranberry Highway. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Stored boats exposed after a powerful storm badly damaged the Continental Marina. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
The marina is located next to Captain Al's Tiki Bar & Lounge. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
The Continental Marina was badly damaged on Friday. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Comments (9)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Mar 06, 2018 10:11

Amazing how the canvas awnings and the sign at Captain Al's look relatively unscathed yet the steel structure a few feet away has been torn apart!  Things that make you go hmmm...

Posted by: cranky pants | Mar 06, 2018 12:02

Just looking at the pics real quick makes me wonder where are all the corner ties or cross bracing ? I'm surprised the building lasted as long as it did.

Hasn't anyone played with an Erector set when they were younger ?

Posted by: Warehamlifer | Mar 06, 2018 17:31

What are the chances of getting a boat out before they demo it ??? Ouch slim to none I imagine!!!!!!!! To bad they couldn't continue with the demo and take the old gas station with it.....

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Mar 06, 2018 19:35

True Cranky, where is the cross bracing?  Wood framed structures rely on the plywood sidewall for stiffness/cross bracing   I hope the tin sidewall on this wasn’t intended for that!


I just drove by it this afternoon.  They had a big crane outside possibly stabilizing the building and they were inside with the fork lift that normally moves the boats.  It appears that they may be moving boats but I can’t say for sure.

Posted by: Bluebell3333 | Mar 07, 2018 08:37

I hope they are prohibited from replacing it. I remember when it was built and have viewed it as an eyesore ever since.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Mar 07, 2018 15:10

It is an insured eyesore and part of someone's business. A business that is germane to a seaside community.   A business that brings revenue and recreation to town.  Rack style boat storage like this is successfully and safely done everywhere.  They'll just have to redesign & rebuild according to the proper wind speed and other design standards.  I find ice cream stores to be an eyesore because I'm lactose intolerant, however, if one blows down I wouldn't wish harm on the owner's business by preventing rebuild.

Posted by: Archangel | Mar 07, 2018 17:07

Very well said, WBTS!

Posted by: Bluebell3333 | Mar 08, 2018 05:32

I don't care what it is for or how much money it makes, it's still ugly and an eyesore and I don't like it. My opinion!

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Mar 09, 2018 14:33

It certainly isn't pretty and we are all entitled to our opinion.

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