From Tom Sandry

An Oral History

When the streetcar turned west on 34th, I would usually see a couple of ships tied up at the docks along Northlake Way, near the barrel factory. When the streetcar turned to cross the Fremont bridge, on our left, there was this huge screaming sawmill, Bryant Lumber Company. The streetcar followed Westlake at a rapid 35 mile-an-hour clip, heading south along Lake Union. At the first bend of Westlake, I’d see Able’s Dock on the left, which is still there under another name. The Lake Union streetcar continued around a bend, and looking out on the lake, I remember seeing 40 ships anchored out there, the wooden ships left over from World War I. So we continued on down in the streetcar... and there would be the glowing fires in the sloping side of Queen Anne Hill – the ovens of the Seattle Brick Company... When the furnace doors were swung open, you could see men shoving pallets of new clay bricks in there. And then finally, on the left side at the southwest corner of the lake, there was another giant, screaming sawmill... I could see the huge headsaw sticking out the end of those red-painted buildings. We’d see the logs coming up out of the water, slowly, towed up a ramp by a steampowered endless belt, and they’d come into the headsaw. We’d see the first cut, and then they went inside to the bandsaws...

— Tom Sandry

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