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History of Fisherman Harbor


The first non native settlers of Fisherman Harbor (It was first called Fish Harbor) were here because of the huge Seabeck Mill and Shipbuilding Company that was established across the water  in 1860.

Myra, Ann and Joan’s grandfather, John Bergeson was a shipwright who commuted to Seabeck along with others who came here to set up logging camps or just ply their trade as sawyers after the Point No Point Treaty opened billions of board feet of our area’s timber to the United States.  Fish harbor was one of many places that was used to skid, boom and tow logs to the mill.

When the mill burned in 1886, the residents started ranching, fishing, barging and anything else to make a living…including logging and towing timber to feed the huge appetite of  local mills (Port Hadlock, Ludlow and Gamble were still thriving).

Back then there were no roads connecting Hood Canal with other areas on the Peninsula. Everyone got where they were going by boat.   Hood Canal was buzzing with traffic from the Mosquito Fleet that came from Seattle and went to  Quilcene – the point of origin for the railroad that winded its way to  Port Angeles through Port Townsend.


They stopped along the way at other docks too. Fish Harbor was a sizable port for the large steamers, who dropped off passengers and supplies to the FIsh Harbor wharf  which was ocated outside and to the West of our spit.  People going to places like Camp Harmony were shuttled to shore by rowboats, arriving in varying states of dryness.

When the mosquito fleet disbanded, there were still local pilots shuttling people around Hood Canal. Our wharf had a post office, grocery store, a few storage buildings and a road that was built by the residents to connect the wharf with the residents in the inner harbor.


The original site of the wharf, post office and grocery store. Residents built a road along the west side of the harbor all the way to the inner harbor.

It wasn’t until much later that a primitive road was built connecting Coyle to the Dabob Post office down in Tarboo Bay. This road was later rerouted to the intersection at the top of Coyle Road that we use today.


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Geocaching around Coyle

In case you’re wondering what that four-color badge in the sidebar means, welcome to Geocaching (not to be confused with Geoducking!).

Geocaching is  a global treasure hunting game that requires nothing more than a GPS, a pair of sturdy shoes, a sense of adventure – plus a few loyal friends who’d  follow you into the Temple of Doom …or a leaf-infested culvert under the road.

GeocacheSo what if the treasure is a Happy Meal toy in a tupperware container and not the sacred Sancara stone, it’s still fun!

Geocaching requires two things some of us resist – spending  time outdoors and mastering new technology. Continue reading

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Achieve Eutopos!

One of the original homesteaders of Coyle was Harry Eaton who lived in that waterfront house with the Napennet sheds on the East side of Fisherman Harbor. You can see the house and sheds from the water.

As the story goes, Harry grew up in the South where catfish were plentiful. He missed them so much,   he built a pond for them. The pond today supports a complex wildlife habitat of deer, osprey, great blue heron, black bear, fox, coyote, as well as  cedar waxwings, ducks, geese, swifts, dragonflies, and the loudest bullfrog chorus ever. Continue reading

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At the Center

33577aRecently Vivien Kuhl wrote an article about the Coyle Community center and Norm Johnson, who brought music to our small community

Below is an excerpt. Read the full article from the Port Townsend Leader by Continue reading

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