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SSA - Terminals 18 and 20 - Harbor Island - Seattle WA

Harbor Island is the heart of Seattle’s working waterfront.

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Harbor Island is also one of the most toxic Superfund sites

in the state of Washington.

Contaminated with an alphabet soup of chemicals.

People still fish in the river and waterway, and eat what they catch.

I personally have seen all manner of deformed fish caught by the longshoremen,

and would never eat anything caught here.

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I worked for both the Port of Seattle

and SSA (Stevedoring Services of America) at the Terminals you see here.

Terminal 18 is furthest away

and Terminal 20 closest to the bottom of the image.

The ship under the SSA gantry crane at the top of the image is a Hapag-Lloyd vessel

and the one closest is a Hansa Shipping Line vessel.

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You can see downtown Seattle beyond the gantry cranes, and our sports stadiums.

The white one is CenturyLink Field,

home to the Seattle Seahawks, Super Bowl Champions of 2014.

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Built by dredging in 1909,

Harbor Island was the largest man-made island (350 acres),

used primarily over this last century for industry

and shipping.

Because the island is built on fill,

we used to tease our bosses that in the event of a really strong earthquake

they needed to issue life vests

so we could swim

to safety.

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