Port Series, Issue 35

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1976 - Harbors

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Page 54 - The existing project for the improvement of Olympia Harbor provides for a channel on the east side of the Harbor 500 to 300 feet wide and 30 feet deep from deep water in Budd Inlet to the port terminal, with a turning basin at the upper end 300 to 800 feet wide, 3,000 feet long, and 30 feet deep. A controlling depth of 30 feet obtained over a width of 500 feet in the outer channel, with 30 feet depth and 150 feet width at the entrance to the turning basin and 29.7 feet depth in the turning basin...
Page 37 - The deepwater entrance to the harbor from the Pacific Ocean lies between Point Brown on the north and Point Chehalis on the south, each of which is the terminus of a narrow, sandy peninsula. This entrance is 40 nautical miles north of the mouth of the Columbia Eiver and 93 nautical miles south of the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Page 1 - The Strait of Juan de Fuca separates the southern shore of Vancouver Island from the northern coast of the State of Washington. The entrance to the strait lies between parallels of 4823' N. and 4836' N., on the meridian of 12445
Page 55 - Fall rains usually begin about mid-October, borne inland to the Cascade Mountains by frequent maritime disturbances originating in the Pacific Ocean. These rains continue with few interruptions through spring. While this type of weather prevails, there is little variation in the temperature. Daytime temperatures will be in the forties and low fifties, with nighttime temperatures in the thirties.
Page 55 - Olympia and vicinity are quite well protected by the Coast Range from the strong south and southwest winds accompanying many of the Pacific storms during the fall and winter. Winds, which reach hurricane force along the coast, only 45 miles away, will reach only 50 or 55 miles per hour in gusts in this vicinity.
Page 1 - Commencement Bay is bordered by hills on the southwest and northeast, and by extensive tidal flats on the Puyallup river delta on the southeast. The bay is about 4 miles wide at the entrance between Point Brown and Point Defiance, has an average width of 2 miles, and a length of approximately 2.5 miles from Point Brown to the head of the bay. Most of the land bordering the bay is within Tacoma city limits.
Page 55 - ANCHORAGES No specific areas in Olympia Harbor have been designated as anchorage grounds. Good anchorage in muddy bottom may be found anywhere in Budd Inlet, north of Olympia Shoal. A restricted area for a reserve fleet of the US Maritime Administration lies on the east side of the inlet, north of Priest Point.
Page 55 - Cold periods usually last a week or ten days, being broken by the approach of a maritime storm accompanied by snow changing to rain as the temperature rises rapidly back into the forties. Snow in an amount sufficient to seriously hinder highway travel occura only once every two or three yeara.
Page 37 - Cove on Point Chehalis. The principal waterborne commodities handled at the port are logs, lumber, wood pulp, and wood chips.
Page 54 - Natural depths in the inlet decrease from l00 feet at the entrance to 30 feet at the entrance of the dredged channel extending to the turning basin opposite the Port of Olympia Terminal. The port is 50 nautical miles southwest of Seattle, Washington, and l68 nautical miles from the Pacific Ocean.

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