It has been about two weeks since an early morning fire destroyed the Steilacoom Marina. I wanted to post these photos online earlier but a heavy work load rolling out new systems and a head cold conspired against me.
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve paddled past the 50 year old marina which was located on Saltars Point here in Steilacoom; I’m sure it’s in the hundreds. I can’t remember it ever being in a great state of repair, but the years where taking a heavy toll on the structure with many areas recently closed to the public. It’s my understanding that the marina began its downward slide after its owner was murdered on the premises by two juveniles back in 1987.
Despites it’s sad history and shabby appearance it was a great viewing area in the winter to see California Sea Lions (Zalophus californianus) haul out for a rest. At one time the site hosted an aquarium and bath house.
All relegated to the past now. I’ll be curious to see what the next few months bring for the area.