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A towering relic from what was the world’s largest rope factory comes tumbling down

Some residents lamented the decision to destroy the decaying smokestack, while others called it an eyesore.

Demolition on the Cordage smokestack. DAVID L. RYAN/GLOBE STAFF


A historic smokestack on the edge of the ocean in North Plymouth came down Thursday, about a month after a town official determined the 123-year-old relic of the Cordage industrial complex was at risk of collapsing.

Costello Dismantling Co., based in Wareham, managed the demolition, which started just before 9:30 a.m. Workers used a small wrecking ball to repeatedly tap an area of the structure, slowly creating a hole over the course of about two hours. The method was used to ensure the smokestack fell down in an optimal direction.

“In the morning it was a slow process,” said Kristin Ligouri of Cordage Commerce Center, the site’s property manager. “Everybody watching was like, ‘That is not going to do any good.’”

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