The Old Union Wharf

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patt roche on July 9, 2008

On May 4, 1901, Mr. Cates of the Port Townsend Fish Market located at Union Wharf caught a “genuine juvenile sea serpent” according to the Leader newspaper. He was skinning salmon to sell as cod and haddock when he heard a commotion in the waters under the wharf. He discovered a forty-foot snake like creature with four or five of her young. The creature had been feeding on the debris dumped into the water below the wharf and began thrashing about as she was apparently choking on a tin can, which nearly sank the launch Cascade that was moored nearby. “Hastily baiting a hook and line with a herring, and casting it alongside of the wharf, . . .Cates soon had the satisfaction of seeing one of the young reptiles fasted to his line. When he drew a snake from the water the old one was so angered she bit off several partially decayed piles.”

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  • Uploaded on July 9, 2008
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    by patt roche
    • Camera: HP oj5600
    • Taken on 2008/07/09 11:10:32