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Steve Oakley  Hunter Ware  Wesley FridellAnacortes Museum Director Steve Oakley delivers 'DoGilla' to Hunter Ware and Wes Fridell of the Marine Technology Center.

The Anacortes Museum’s Maritime Heritage Center is strengthening ties with the Marine Technology Center with the loan of a cedar sculpture depicting the America’s Cup winner built here in Anacortes.

Museum staff will continue the tradition of hosting Marine Tech. Center tours of the W.T. Preston – and see this and future loans as a way to introduce our rich maritime history to the students learning modern techniques.

The Western Red Cedar carving by chainsaw artist Nyal Thomas was commissioned by Janicki Industries, which provided high-tech tooling for construction of the trimaran. The sculpture depicts ‘DoGzilla’ – nickname of the USA 17, winner of the America’s Cup yacht race in 2010 that was constructed by Core Builders in Anacortes.

The Maritime Heritage Center and W.T. Preston will be open on weekends-only in April and May before transitioning to a full schedule in June, July and August. For more information visit the Anacotes Museum’s website at