Barde Dock, 1927

In this photograph of the Barde Dock, you see a crane used during the construction of the Front Avenue sewer (this project brought us the Harbor Wall). This image is looking north. Several businesses, including the Zidell-Steinberg Company, Butzer’s Seed Store, and W. P. Fuller & Company, are visible in the background.


Front Ave Sewer Barde Dock showing the crane used in the construction, May 17, 1927 : A1999-004.245

Front Ave Sewer Barde Dock showing the crane used in the construction, May 17, 1927 : A1999-004.245


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13 thoughts on “Barde Dock, 1927

  1. Very cool !
    So much all constructed of oldgrowth wood.
    There are a couple of these wooden barges remain on the banks of the Columbia upstream of Frenchmans Bar.
    In fact, wooden ship hull remains at the downstream end of caterpillar island. Even seen on Google earth !

  2. Is that tilted structure the frame boxes that they sank and filled with gravel and concrete for sea wall? Kind of question the structural integrity of sunken wood frames after 87 years old growth or not….

  3. My comment apparently disappeared into the ether (probably because I included a link. Hopefully, third time’s a charm.

    The W.P. Fuller Building was previously known as Jennings Bros. and was one of the featured buildings on an illustrated map of Portland from the 1890s. If you enter the words aerial 1890 into the VP search bar on the home page, it will pull up the prior post.

    Just to the left of the Fuller Building, you can see the mansard roof of the St. Charles Hotel. To the left of that, you can see the upper two floors of the extant Van Rensselaer Building.

    I assume the Jennings Bros. had moved into the now demolished Cambridge Block at the time of this photo (a VP search will also bring up a good photo of the Cambridge Block).

    Mike G., yeah that looks to me like one of the cribs that were used in the construction of the harbor wall. I share your curiosity as to how they were supposed to work and their estimated longevity.

  4. What a great photo. I love that Portland once had a waterfront like that. All I’ve ever known is the seawall. And Harbor Drive. Glad to see that’s gone. But I always liked the Journal Building which was also torn down.

  5. Exactly my sentiments too, Chuck. I wish I had a time machine sometimes.

    Mike G & Jim, wood not exposed to air and sunk in mud will last a very long time.The Swedish ship ‘Vasa” is an example.

  6. A minor point. That is not a “crane”. It is in fact a pile driver although because it is capable of hoisting piles into position for driving it does have a secondary lifting function. The trip hammer is plainly visible. The small two drum donkey on the deck provides for the hoisting. The boiler provides steam for the hammer (the complicated plumbing leading up the mast) and for the donkey.

    Great photo.

  7. The Barde Dock features prominently in the Oct. 13 photo. Barde is the first dock in the foreground, left. I believe that picture was taken from the Hawthorne Bridge as well.

  8. The two closest buildings are rotten filthy dilapidated structures. Good thing the waterfront was cleaned up. It is rats and disease in this photo.

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