Fire at McMullen & Wing Yard

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A fire at McMullen and Wing’s Auckland, New Zealand, yard has sent their largest build, the 50-meter Star Fish, up in smoke. The boat, which cost about $40mm USD to build, was severely damaged.

The only mention of injuries in early reports was a firefighter who burned his hand, as the fire broke out well after midnight. A pending full investigation should help clear up just what exactly happened, though foul play is not suspected at the moment. Unconfirmed news reports stated that some employees were in tears over the loss of the boat. And I for one don’t blame them, that’s countless hours of work destroyed in one night, which has to be devastating for McMullen and Wing.

This rendering shows what Star Fish would have looked like, had she been completed on schedule and launched next year.

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