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Water-borne foreign and intercoastal commerce of Bellingham, Wash., calendar year 1996Continued


Animal and dairy products.
Iron, steel, and manufactures.


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14, 113 24

12 Canned fish.

20 6, 704 6, 037 1, 985

118 12, 915 189 Wheat flour 110 110

110 Vegetables and vegetable products, n. e. s.


70 195 10

33 47
Wool and wool manufactures

19) 19
Logs and lum ber.

Paper stock and manufactures.

64, 874 10, 316 2, 457 811 8, 318
8,198 547

553 802 23, 079 2, 167 1,863 1,583 51, 949 237

867 Miscellaneous

14 2,023 4, 449 7, 900 294 28 4

22 2


89, 637 11, 030 2,457 811 8, 330 1, 440 802 29, 922 4, 239| 12, 349 1, 701 73, 081 720 NOTE.-All figures subject to rovision.

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Federal services and regulations are similar to those applicable at Everett. See

See page 151. Vessels may enter the harbor and anchor at any time. Official visits to them are made on anchorage or at pier. Vessels may clear between the hours of 9 a. m. and 4:30 p. m. Clearances are usually effected by vessels' agents.



Quarantine.—Vessels subject to quarantine inspection are boarded abreast of Hoquiam or at their first loading berth. There is a charge of $10 for this service to foreign ships. Fumigation, when necessary, is done by one of the stevedoring companies under supervision of the Public Health Service. Only sulphur fumigation is available; and the charge is $75. Vessels may be shifted to a designated anchorage if necessary.

Hospitals.-A relief station of the Public Health Service is located at 720 Becker Building, Aberdeen. There are also hospitals in Aberdeen and Hoquiam where medical or surgical treatment may be obtained.

Customs SERVICE, TREASURY DEPARTMENT Aberdeen is a subport in the Washington customs district and is in charge of a deputy collector of customs. The customhouse is situated at the corner of Second and G Streets, about one-half mile from the water front. It is open from 9 a. m. to 4:30 p. m. The working hours of the customs inspectors are from 8 a. m. to 5 p. m., 1 hour being allowed for luncheon. Overtime service of customs inspectors can be procured when necessary. The nature of the waterborne commerce of Grays Harbor is such that little customs supervision over cargo is necessary.


The Immigration Service maintains an office at the Federal Building, Second and G Streets, Aberdeen, Wash.


While the wharves owned by the cities of Aberdeen and Hoquiam are under the jurisdiction of departments of the respective city governments, no regulations governing their administration or providing for general supervision of harbor activities have been promulgated.

In accordance with congressional enactment the Secretary of War prescribed on October 4, 1920, the following regulations to govern the floating of loose logs, timber, and rafts of timber and logs on those tributaries of Grays Harbor where such movements constitute the principal method of navigation. These regulations are still in force.

1. Before operating on Grays Harbor or tributary streams, all loggers, river drivers, log towboats, and log-towboat companies shall register at the United States Engineer office, Seattle, Wash., giving the firm name, name of manager, and post office address. They shall also register annually thereafter on July 1 of each year.

2. No logs shall be dumped into the rivers or released from storage or sorting booms without being turned over to a registered driving or towboat company, firm, or individual.

3. River drivers authorized to operate on the streams tributary to Grays Harbor must maintain a sufficient organization of boats and experienced workmen to care for the drives of their customers.

4. River drivers shall so conduct their operations that all parts of the rivers upon which they operate will be effectively patrolled and the formation of jams prevented.

5. Should a blockade of logs occur below the head of tide water in any of the rivers at any time, each logger operating on the river above the location of said blockade shall discontinue dumping logs into the river until the blockade shall be broken.

6. Log drivers must not indifferently operate or delay the transit of logs.

7. Loggers who intrust their logs to river drivers will be required to satisfy themselves that their logs are being driven in accordance with the regulations.

8. The floating of loose logs or of sack rafts of timber and logs is prohibited in the Chehalis River below Preachers Slough; in the Hoquiam River below the forks; and also in the Wishkah River below a point 4 miles above the mouth.

9. The floating of rafts or of tows of timber and logs which exceed 700 feet in length and 60 feet in width is prohibited in the Chehalis River between the Oregon-Washington Railroad Co. bridge at Aberdeen and the Northern Pacific Railroad Co. bridge at Cosmopolis, and also in the Hoquiam River below the forks; and the floating of rafts or tows of timber and logs which exceed 700 feet in length and 55 feet in width is prohibited in the Wishkah River below the North Aberdeen bridge.

10. Hemlock logs that will not float with at least 6 inches of butt out of water shall not be floated in any of the streams tributary to Grays Harbor; and no boat shall tow any raft containing any log of this character unless such log is securely fastened so as to prevent its escape from the raft.

11. These regulations shall take effect and be in force on and after October 15, 1920.


Administrative control over the operation of the port of Grays Harbor is vested in the Federal Government, the State of Washington, and the Port of Grays Harbor Commission. Detailed information concerning the powers and duties exercised by the Federal Government and the State of Washington are discussed in the report on Everett, see pages 152–153.

The Port of Grays Harbor Commission directs the affairs of the port district which is coextensive with Chehalis County, and of the port facilities under its control. This commission was organized pursuant to the provisions of the Port Districts Act of 1911 and is composed of three members elected by the voters of the port district to serve terms of 3 years. Among others, power is vested in the port commission to acquire lands by eminent domain, collect taxes, and make assessments; issue bonds when sanctioned by the electorate of the district; construct or otherwise provide facilities essential to port development; fix absolutely and without right of appeal or review, all rates of wharfage, dockage, warehousing and other port and terminal charges in connection with improvements owned and operated directly by the port district itself; lease wharves, docks and other property acquired by it; and to create and fill positions and fix salaries.


Rates, regulations and practices governing water-front labor at Grays Harbor are identical with those at Everett, see page 155.

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