Scene in Edmonds: Haines Wharf

Matthew Ralston took this photo of Edmonds’ Haines Wharf, with the Olympic Mountains as the backdrop.
  1. I worked there ( 1950-51) when I was in high school. The pay was $1.00 an hour. Haines Wharf was the Nordstroms of boat rentals in the day. On weekend mornings, cars would be lined up half-way to Perrinville waiting for the gate to open. To rent a 16ft boat would cost $3.50 for the day. I note that the only thing remaining from the original dock area is the elevator with its Ford Model A engine still hanging next to the elevator. Haines had 100 boats to rent. On weekend mornings they would all be rented by 6 AM and all the patron cars would be neatly parked on the dock.

  2. I had my boat there along with many other friends boats when it was Meadowdale Marine. The top deck of the pier was replaced with wooden planks. There was a small restaurant and tackle shop inside the wooden building alond with smaller boats that could be launched on the wooden elevator’.. We could fish for salmon and crab anytime of the year and it was usually good fishing. Lingcod , Halibut and Shrimp fishing was usually good when the seasons were open. True Cod, Rockfish, Hake and Pollock populations were heathy. The huge increase in seal and sea lion populations have caused the True Cod, Hake and Pollock to almost vanish. Other areas have Orcas and Sharks that help control the pinnipeds. Another problem is when the state allowed small commercial draggers to bottom fish inside Puget sound. Their heavy nets with chains and metal plates caused damage to fish habitat. There were often kids fishing and a crabbing on the pier. When the summer chinook season was shut down to protect wild chinook many boats moved out of the marina. Now there are very limited hatchery Chinook seasons with quotas.

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