The new view

Windy ride

By  Nicole Webster

Starting last November, a construction crew arrived in Bamfield to make a new dock. That crew just left this week, and West Bamfield is a different place. Well, the Coast Guard is anyway.

This is what the BMSC view used to look like.

This is what the BMSC view used to look like.

There was lots of apparent chaos in the first few weeks. With two giant barges...

There was lots of apparent chaos in the first few weeks. With two giant barges…

A tug boat to lug them around...

A tug boat to lug them around…

A the cutest tug I have ever seen! Seemed to be for precise positioning of the barges

The cutest tug I have ever seen! Seemed to be for precise positioning of the barges

There was also plenty of music as the crane dropped a metal weight into the piles, ringing them like a bell.

There was also plenty of music as the crane dropped a metal weight into the piles, ringing them like a bell.

 

 

This was the point it was at near Christmas.

When I returned this week, They were almost done building the cement dock. It is apparently multi-purpose. One, it will add more dock for the Coast Guard, so they may not have to park the research vessels on the Government dock. Two, as a rigid (though floating) cement dock, it will may act partially as a wave break, protecting the up-inlet docks from storm surge and what not.

That was not all. In a separate project, the Coast Guard has demolished an 80 year old building. 

What was their offices/communication/and boat repair shed.

What was their offices/communications/boat repair shed.

The new view of the Coast guard, with new dock and missing building.

The new view of the Coast guard, with new dock and missing building.

The barges have left, but construction still appears to continue on the front ‘lawn’, where they will presumedly be replacing their old building in time.

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