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AERIAL VIEW CF OLYMPIC PORTLAND CEMENT PLANT AND THE PORT CF BELLINGHAM COMMISSION TERMINAL ON SQUALICUM CREEK.
(Photo by Pacific Aerial Surveys, Inc.)
PORT AND HARBOR FACILITIES
PIERS, WHARVES, AND DOCKS
There are 20 piers, wharves, and docks in Bellingham Harbor, 16 of which are situated on and south of the Whatcom Creek Waterway, 3 on Squalicum Creek Waterway, and 1 on the harbor to the north of Squalicum Creek Waterway. Four of the wharves at Bellingham are used for the receipt and shipment of general cargo, four for the receipt of petroleum products and oil bunkering, three for the handling of fresh and canned fish, two for building materials and coal bunkering, and the other seven for handling lumber and pulp and for miscellaneous purposes. Most of these facilities have rail connections, either on the dock proper or adjacent thereto, and several of them are equipped with mechanical facilities for heavy lifting.
The port of Bellingham wharf, situated at the entrance of Whatcom Creek Waterway, on the south side, is the most important public terminal in the port. This wharf is irregular in shape and provides 1,400 feet of berthing space, with depths from 16 to 30 feet at mean lower low water. There are 3 one-story transit sheds, with a total floor area of 68,260 square feet, and a grain elevator capable of handling 1,800 bushels of bulk and 3,000 bushels of sacked grain. Rail facilities are provided by a spur connecting with all the rail lines entering the port. This spur reaches the dock by way of a trestle and is so placed as to permit direct transfer of cargo between car and vessel by the use of ship's tackle. This terminal is used primarily by vessels engaged in intercoastal and coastwise trade and in handling passengers and package bulk freight.
The Bellingham Warehouse Co., situated on the harbor in South Bellingham, at the foot of Bennett Avenue, operates several warehouses in conjunction with its wharf for the accommodation of vessels handling general cargo and fish products in intercoastal and coastwise business. The wharf is 100 feet long and 230 feet wide, and provides 430 feet of berthing space, with depths of water alongside varying from 16 to 28 feet at lowest tide. It is equipped with a transit shed having 16,000 square feet of floor space, through which general cargo may be handled, passing immediately from the wharf to cars, trucks, or warehouses, which are located in the rear and operated by the same company. Rail connections are provided by both the Great Northern and Northern Pacific Railways by tracks which lie between the transit shed and the warehouses in the rear.