Quincy Street Dock, here and gone

By Patrick J. Sullivan of the Leader
Posted 7/16/13

The oldest dock structure in Port Townsend was substantially removed July 12.

Quincy Street Dock served the private and public ferry system in downtown Port Townsend for about 50 …

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Quincy Street Dock, here and gone

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The oldest dock structure in Port Townsend was substantially removed July 12.

Quincy Street Dock served the private and public ferry system in downtown Port Townsend for about 50 years.

Washington State Ferries abandoned the dock when the new Port Townsend terminal opened in 1982. The dock became city property, and in 1985, port district property. It has not hosted a passenger boat since the 1990s.

The final phase of the City of Port Townsend's Waterfront Esplanade project is under way along the Quincy Street shoreline, making it a natural time for the port to deal with the aging dock, said Larry Crockett, the port's executive director.

Orion Maritime Construction was bringing a barge crane here for contract work to replace creosote pilings with steel pilings within the commercial boat haven. It was a simple matter for the crane to remove the Quincy transfer span, which was taken to the boat haven to be prepared for landfill disposal, Crockett said.

The transfer span – the part that connected the dock to the ferry – and the decking were removed July 12. The wooden pilings and dolphins – the structures that helped guide a ferry into dock –remain.

"We don't want to give up the footprint because if we were to take that out and restore it to pristine condition, we'd never be able to get a permit again to do something with the dock," Crockett said.

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