Ray Giometti, business manager of Fishermen's Terminal, gives us an early morning tour of the Terminal, which is a working marina.
We climb the steps of the tower as far as the public is allowed without a guide, then Ray shows us the spiral staircase we will ascend one person at a time.
He tells us how, in the six years he has been at the marina, he has made many changes for the benefit of each of his customers. Many of the boats spend several months in Alaska fishing, then return here to repair and prepare for the next fishing season.
One impressive fact I learn is that there are no fresh fish brought back. In order to preserve and not bruise the meat, the fish are processed and frozen immediately. They are sold in advance at an agreed on price.
One of the tasks for getting ready for the next season is mending the nets, and there is a yard next to the terminal building for this work.
From the top of the tower we have a good view of the Seattle Fisherman's Memorial, which is dedicated to more than 675 local commercial fishermen and women lost at sea.
I notice in the photo that the Alaskan, has an overhang from her slip, and learn that it is allowed -- and is also profitable, as the boats pay per foot of length of boat, not length of slip.
We are very impressed with the history and the sights we see, and enjoy the character that the fishing vessels add to the marina.
Nice fish etched on glass block wall at entrance to the tower.
Find Willie's Tug seen from the tower viewing area. Clue is to look to the right and upward from the Alaskan to see a beige bimini and dinghy, stern in, starboard tie.
Find Willie's Tug. (The white boat left.)
Willie of Willie's Tug,
and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
May 25, 2012