Port Blakely : An Indian fish camp develops into one of the world's most productive sawmills.

If Captain William Renton sailed into Port Blakely today, he might look with astonishment at the stillness, the emptiness, the quiet. Gone are most remnants of "the world's largest sawmill," the Hall Brothers Shipyard that built the schooners to haul finished lumber to California, Hawaii, and Asian ports. What happened to the vilages of Yama and Nagaya that housed immigrants from Japan beginning in the 1880s? Where are the general store, "honeymoon cottages," bachelor quarters, churches, school, hotel, the only post office on Bainbridge Island, the boardwalk that lined the busy shore, the sawdust burner that lit up the night sky decade after decade? . In 1863 Renton bought 164.5 acres in Port Blakely for $1.25 per acre and $10.00 down. The Port Blakely Mill Company prospered, survived two disastrous fires and WWI before the decision was made to close and dismantle the mill and its buildings, recycle the lumber and burn what was left in 1922.

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