Central Dock Information
1) An airplane piloted by Curly Barker once landed on Central Dock.
2) Harry Bridges, the best-known labor leader on the west coast and the founder of the ILWU, visited Central Dock many times and married a local Marshfield woman, Agnes Brown.
3) The work could be hazardous. Longtime foreman Earl Radford recalled the day he took control of a Hyster that had cracked through the wooden wharf. “I started her up but she didn’t get far – on land that is. She took a quick trip to the bottom of the bay with me on board. They make a pretty good anchor, you know? I just rode her down, took a deep breath, and floated to the surface.”
4) “Just to the south of Central Dock, behind a restaurant called the Red Rooster, was a red-light district of floating shanties known as the Cozy Rooms. They had occupants who could stop the loading of a ship altogether.” – Dock foreman Earl Radford, The World, October 1982