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Electric current on the water front and elsewhere in Bellingham is furnished by plants of the Puget Sound Power & Light Co., which have a combined rated capacity of 319,745 kilowatts.

Alternating current is available at all the commercial and industrial docks in the harbor. Several of the industrial docks are supplied with current from generators owned by the operating companies. At the port terminal the charges for furnishing current to vessels are at actual cost of current and installation, plus 20 percent, with a minimum charge of 50 cents.


Water is furnished to the Bellingham water front by the Bellingham municipal gravity system, the sources of supply being Lakes Whatcom and Padden. These lakes lie east of Bellingham within a distance of 3 miles of the city. The two 24-inch mains and one 16-inch main from Lake Whatcom together with the 20-inch main from Lake Padden provide the municipal system with a daily distribution capacity of about 18,000,000 gallons, all of which is chlorinated.

The average rate of delivery along the entire water front is 10,000 gallons per bour through 2-inch pipe and 15,000 gallons per hour through a 27-inch pipe. At the commercial wharves 2%-inch pipe is used while the size varies at the other wharves from 1% to 3inches. Many of the wharves deliver water to vessels at the city rate, which is 7 cents per 100 cubic feet up to 30,000 cubic feet, 4 cents per 100 cubic feet for quantities from 30,000 to 70,000 cubic feet, between 70,000 cubic feet and 200,000 cubic feet, 3 cents per 100 cubic feet and over 200,000 cubic feet, 2 cents per 100 cubic feet. The port of Bellingham terminal quotes charges for water furnished vessels as follows: 100 cubic feet (metered), or fraction, $2; over 100 cubic feet, per 100 cubic feet, 15 cents. Hose furnished by the wharf to the vessel taking water, $2.


Bunker coal can be procured from the Bellingham Builders Supply Co. whose plant is located on Whatcom Creek Waterway. The normal supply maintained is 600 tons, although there are sufficient open storage facilities for 2,000 tons. The grades kept in stock consist of Washington free-burning bituminous, Ladysmith heavy-coking bitu76304–38


minous, Nanaimo Wellington light-coking, and petroleum briquettes.

The wharf of this company which is used for bunkering has a berthing length of 360 feet with a depth alongside of 18 feet at mean lower low water. Vessels requiring a deeper draft are bunkered from scows. Bunkering at the wharf is effected by means of a 20-ton traveling electric straight-line gantry crane, equipped with a clamshell bucket having a normal operating load of 7 tons, and a capacity of 150 tons per hour.


Diesel and fuel oils can be procured from the Standard Oil Co. at its wharf on the north side of Whatcom Creek Waterway. This wharf has a berthing space of 100 feet and a depth alongside of 23 feet at mean lower low water. A normal supply of 20,000 barrels of fuel oil and 1,800 barrels of Diesel oil is maintained and delivery to vessels is through one 8-inch pipe line at the rate of 500 barrels per hour.

The Shell Oil Co., operating over the port of Bellingham pier, on Squalicum Creek Waterway, can deliver fuel oil at the rate of 350 barrels per hour, through one 6-inch and two 4-inch pipe lines.

The Gilmore, Texas, Associated, Signal, Richfield, and Fletcher oil companies maintain facilities for the receipt of and bunkering of gasoline to small vessels. These companies have a combined storage capacity for 7,280 barrels.

Details of the location, capacity, etc., of these facilities are contained in the following table.

Fuel oil bunkering faciliti es


Shell Oil Co.

Shell Oil Co.
Squalicum Creek Waterway

Signal Oil Co.

Signal Oil Co. Squalicum Creek Water way

Storage facilities-tanks:

Squalicum Creek Waterway. Squalicum Creek Waterway. Number of tanks. 3..

2. Type of construction Steel.

Steel. Total storage capacity (42- 3,800.

gallon barrels).
Intake pipe lines.-
1 6-inch and 2 4-inch.

1 3-inch.
Source of supply.

How received.

Grades kept in stock.


Maximum supply (barrels).- 2,850.


Normal supply (barrels).
Bunkering facilities:
Name and type..

Port of Bellingham wharf. Port of Bellingham wharf. Reference number on map. 17

17. Location on water front. Squalicum Creek Waterway. Squalicum Creek Waterway. Type of construction.. Open pile, timber deck.

Open pile, timber deck. Actual berthing space for 350..

350. bunkering (feet). Depth of water, m. I. I. w. 26

26. (leet). Bunkering capacity (barrels 350.

25. per hour). Discharge pipe lines..... 1 6-inch and 2 4-inch..

1 3-inch. Barges (also see floating equip- Nono....

None. ment), Special fire protection..

City service and fire extinguishers. City service and extinguishers.


Fuel oil bunkering facilities—Continued


Fuel oil bunkering facilities


South Bellingham, Taylor Ave. and 10th St.
Number of tanks.

Total storage capacity (42-gal- 1,335.

1 3-inch.
Source of supply

How received.

Rail and barge
Grades kept in stock

Maximum supply (barrels). 770.

Gilmore Oil Co. pier.
Reference number on map

Location on water front. South Bellingham, foot of Taylor Ave.
Type of construction..

Open pile timber deck.
Actual berthing space for bunk-120..

Bunkering capacity (barrels 25.

1 3-inch.
Barges (also see floating equip- None.....

City service and hand extinguishers.

Used for bunkering fishing and other small

boats with gasoline.


Storage facilities-tanks:

Type of construction.

lon barrels).
Intake pipe lines

Normal supply (barrels).
Bunkering facilities:
Name and type.

ering (feet).
Depth of water, m. l. l. w. 26.

per hour). Discharge pipe lines..

ment). Special fire protection.

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