Pacific coast Terminals
 
 
 
A History of Pacific Coast Terminals

On these pages you will see the construction methods used when the Pacific Coast Terminals was erected on the banks of the Fraser River at New Westminster, BC., Canada, between 1927 and 1929,.
Pacific Coast Terminals generously allowed me to copy a collection of old prints taken of the early construction and later development and operation of this major shipping terminal of the era.
The images, such as the one above describe the early construction methods which were mainly powered by steam engines and man power.  You will also see how important Grand Openings were to the residents of the community, who turned out in the thousands, to see a shipping terminal commence operations.
It was commonplace in the 1920’ and 1930’s for large congregations to assemble for similar events, whether it be the departure of an ocean liner, or the dedication of a monument in Stanley Park.
These pages describe not only the construction and activities surrounding the shipping docks, but also takes a person inside the storage areas for a first hand view of the operation.  This company had a major cold storage facility where frozen products such as fish were kept prior to shipping and close by there was a well guarded storage area, containing liquors.
One of the photos, taken during WWII, shows the second floor of the terminal offices, known at that time, as the War Room, and occupied by the military for communications purposes.
Other photos will take you onboard  some of the freighters that loaded products at this site.  The New Westminster terminal of Pacific Coast Terminals was closed in the 1980’s and replaced with high rise apartments, shops and restaurants.  The company maintains a major bulk loading terminal in Port Moody BC, with exports of Glycol and Sulphur.

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