Seattle Loves the Mariners, but our Container Ship Trade Goes Mostly Unnoticed

CARGO CONTAINERS ARE so ubiquitous, they can be hard to see: hauled singly by trucks on the highway, double-stacked on trains passing by, massed together in building-size slabs on container ships chugging up and down Puget Sound, so common they fade into the background like pebbles or power lines.

But if you want to appreciate the sheer volume and velocity of containers moving through Seattle, a weekday-morning visit to Terminal 18 Park on Harbor Island, just alongside the Duwamish Waterway, can be a Road to Damascus moment….

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