Sketched April 1, 2014
I took my sketchbook to Fishermen’s Terminal in Seattle for its 100th anniversary, looking for some signs of history.
And, boy, did I find some.
On the docks, I stepped into the Winch House, a small wooden shed in the shadow of the Ballard Bridge. It hides a clunky mechanism used to pull boats into dry dock. Dockmaster Bill Corey said the system belonged to an old streetcar, and it’s as old as the terminal itself. Corey also pointed to 100-year-old halibut schooners moored nearby.
My next best historical find had more to do with fishermen than with boats: barber Charlie Green, who has been cutting fishermen’s hair at the terminal since 1965.
“Everyone wore flat tops when I started,” he said. “Then the Beatles came along, and everyone had to have their hair over their ears … Many barbers went broke.”
But despite the evolution of hairstyles, Green has kept a steady clientele for nearly a half-century. As I watched him greet Brad Johnson, who works at a seafood company, and Jim Beaton, a retired fisherman who told stories of fishing for cod near Spain, I could see why. “All my customers,” Green said, “they are not clients; they are friends.”