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Catalog Number WF 1959
Caption Cap Sante Boat Haven - Purse Seine fleet
Description The purse seine fleet is docked at Cap Sante Boat Haven. Also seen are Cap Sante, and, below it, some houses from the Little Chicago area that stretched around the east and north sides of the bay. The city developed the boat haven just as the Great Depression took hold of the Anacortes economy. Prior to its creation, fishing boats relied on the "City Float," located at the foot of Q Avenue on the Guemes Channel; see WF 0178. By 1929 a new float was needed for the city as reported in the 1-3-1929 ANACORTES AMERICAN. '"Chamber talks for new float. At present there is no place for the home-owned boats to land and we need it for the island people to land here ... The street-end now occupied by the Guemes ferry could be used if the ferry would move their slip to the south half of the street. This would allow the Morrison Mill to go ahead and build their dock." Harry Rickaby, see WF 4553, who was in charge of the float, had not "kept it up" because of the Morrison Mill's talk of building a new dock. Revenue had also not been large enough to "put in new pilings torn out by recent storm." The 9-18-1930 paper reported, "Berthings for small fishing craft sought." Government is investigating needs for "land-locked harbor at Cap Sante." Plans included widening of the Cap Sante waterway 100' and dredging of a huge area north of the then present waterway for small craft. "Although Anacortes is logical center for the fishing fleet, no provision has ever been made for the accommodation of these boats... This new project will give this city the best land-locked harbor north of Seattle." The 11-6-1930 paper continued, "Dredging operations are completed in quick time at Cap Sante." Work on the new berthing quarters for fishing boats awaited piles being driven. 540' of dredged area would be put to use that fall; the remaining 360' would be completed by spring. The 1932 Anacortes High School annual advertised the Cap Sante Boat Haven and listed, "Moderate charges; complete protection."
Date 1930s c.
Photographer BRADY, Ferd
Collection Wallie Funk Collection

Place - Anacortes, WA
Industry - Fishing
Transportation - Maritime
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Cap Sante Boat Haven
Little Chicago
Cap Sante
City Float
Morrison Mill dock
Land-locked harbor
Fishing fleet
Object Name Print, Photographic