Scores of souvenir hunters braved two-hour lines in a Pierce County warehouse Friday to buy parts salvaged from the art-deco ship Kalakala.

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Scores of souvenir hunters braved two-hour lines in a Pierce County warehouse Friday to buy parts salvaged from the art-deco ship Kalakala.

Barbara Winnett bought a two-ton piston for yard art. Susan Tinker is planning on restoring a porthole.

She rode the ferry as a child. “It was so elegant. It was just magical.”

The sale was expected to last two days, but all the parts sold quickly on Friday.

Salty’s restaurant in West Seattle previously bought the rudder and the pilot house to display.

Four-year-old Elizabeth Baurichter, who only saw the ship in photographs, says “it looks like a train on the water.”

Jordan Singer, who was on the board of directors once the ship was rescued from a mud flat in Alaska, says “it had a money and a political problem” and was “not too gone to salvage.” That is until it was tied up on a dock in saltwater for too many years.

Singer says “it’s sad that it got torn up.”

But the saga doesn’t quite end with the crowd that came to take away scrap souvenirs, Singer says.

Mike Lano with Rhine Demolition says, “now it will live on in their hearts forever.”