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Seattle docks and piers are given new designations on May 1, 1944.

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On May 1, 1944, in an effort to expedite the movement of cargo by eliminating confusion, the Puget Sound Ports Traffic Control Committee redesignates the docks and piers on Seattle’s waterfront. This timeline essay includes a list of former and new designations of piers and docks on the central Seattle waterfront.

The Puget Sound Ports Traffic Control Committee was composed of representatives of the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, the Port of Seattle Commission, terminal companies, steamship lines, and railroad companies. The new designations started with Pier 24 and ended with Pier 91, eliminating duplications, letter designations, and street names. The plan allowed for extensions, with numbers under 24 initially reserved for the Duwamish Waterway and West Seattle, and those above 91 for the Lake Washington Ship Canal and Lake Union.  (Ultimately terminals in West Seattle and on Harbor Island received numbers below 24, while terminals along the Duwamish above Harbor Island have numbers greater than 100.)

The plan was approved by the War Shipping Administration and redesignation of piers 24 to 91 went into effect on May 1, 1944.  Although there have been modifications over the years, such as the consolidation of two or more piers into large container terminals, many of the 1944 designations are still in effect today (2011).  Many of the companies that inhabited these waterfront piers and docks during the first half of the twentieth century no longer exist, but it’s useful to know what they were called and where exactly they were located in the 1940s.

Spokane Street Dock (Port of Seattle) -- new designation: Pier 24

Hanford Street Dock (Port of Seattle) -- new designation: Pier 25

Isaacson Iron Works -- new designation: Pier 26

Milwaukee Ferry Slip -- new designation: Pier 27

Milwaukee Ocean Dock -- new designation: Pier 28

Lander Street Dock (Port of Seattle) -- new designation: Pier 29

Stacy Street Dock (Port of Seattle) -- new designation:  Pier 30

San Juan Fish Dock -- new designation:  Pier 31

Standard Oil Dock -- new designation: Pier 32

Telephone Pole Yard -- new designation: Pier 33

Associated Oil Dock -- new designation:  Pier 34

Albers Milling Co. Dock -- new designation: Pier 35

Seattle Port of Embarkation (U.S. Army), Pier A -- new designation: Pier 36

Seattle Port of Embarkation (U.S. Army), Pier B -- new designation: Pier 37

Seattle Port of Embarkation (U.S. Army), Pier C -- new designation: Pier 38

Seattle Port of Embarkation (U.S. Army), Pier D -- new designation: Pier 39

Port of Seattle -- new designation: Pier 42

Pacific Coast Coal Pier -- new designation:  Pier 43

Union Pacific Dock -- new designation: Pier 44

King Street Dock -- new designation: Pier 45

Luckenback Steamship Company, Pier D -- new designation: Pier 46

Pacific Coast Company, Pier C -- new designation: Pier 47

McCormick Steamship Company, Pier B -- new designation: Pier 48

Pacific Coast Company, Pier A -- new designation: Pier 49

Alaska Steamship Company, Pier 1 -- new designation: Pier 50

Alaska Steamship Company, Pier 2 -- new designation: Pier 51

Colman Dock (Puget Sound Navigation Company) -- new designation: Pier 52

Grand Trunk Pacific Dock -- new designation: Pier 53

Arlington Dock, Pier 3 -- new designation:  Pier 54

Fisherman Supply Company, Pier 4 -- new designation: Pier 55

Arlington Dock Company, Pier 5 -- new designation: Pier 56

Arlington Dock Company, Pier 6 -- new designation: Pier 57

City Dock Company, Pier 7 -- new designation: Pier 58

Palace Fish & Oyster Company -- new designation: Pier 60

Whiz Fish Products Company -- new designation: Pier 61

Newsprint Service Company, Pier 9 -- new designation: Pier 62

Newsprint Service Company, Pier 10 -- new designation: Pier 63

Lenora Street Dock (Canadian Pacific RR) -- new designation: Pier 64

Lenora Street Dock (Leslie Salt Company) -- new designation: Pier 65

Bell Street Terminal (Port of Seattle) -- new designation:  Pier 66

Galbraith and Company, Pier 12 -- new designation: Pier 67

Booth Fisheries Company -- new designation: Pier 68

American Can Company Dock -- new designation:  Pier 69

Washington State Liquor Warehouse, Pier 14 -- new designation: Pier 70

Union Oil Dock, Pier 18 -- new designation: Pier 71

Great Northern Dock -- new designation: Pier 88

Great Northern Grain Elevator Dock -- new designation:  Pier 89

U.S. Navy, Pier 40 -- new designation: Pier 90

U.S. Navy, Pier 41 -- new designation: Pier 91

Sources:
“Port Officials Making Plans to change Numbers on Piers,” The Seattle Times, February 17, 1944, p. 9; Rutherford H. Calkins, “Alaska Company Hits Pier Change,” Ibid., April 9, 1944, p. 14.


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