location: Dexter's former marina
The Chowder Barge is docked at a somewhat seedy little marina
called Leeward Bay Marina, at 611 N. Henry Ford
Avenue, just north of Terminal Island, in Wilmington, CA.
You'll find it just west of the Henry Ford bridge, where the Dominguez Channel passes under Henry Ford Avenue. In fact, from aerial maps, it appears that the marina is actually in the Dominguez Channel, just SW of the intersection of E. Anaheim Street and Henry Ford Ave.
While most marinas tend to
be in upscale areas, working-class Leeward is lost in an isolated, industrial
area on the Long Beach/Wilmington border. The boats it houses tend
to be older ones, often with live-aboard owners.
It's a gritty, colorful place, where (according to one L.A. Times report), you can get "a corn dog, a tasty slice of pumpkin pie and a cup of coffee for $4.80." It's a place where the restrooms are marked “Inboards” and “Outboards.”
original barge that now houses the Chowder Barge was reportedly built in
1934 as an on-location commissary during the filming of the movie "Mutiny
on the Bounty" (starring Clark Gable & Charles Laughton).
Over the years, it has reportedly been, and I quote, "a floating brothel, a houseboat, a machine shop, an art studio and an abandoned hulk". Since 1967, it's been run by a lady named "Miss Mary", a temperamental sort who serves as waitress, cook, clerk & cashier.
We've seen both this marina and this barge before. The marina showed up in Season 2, when Debra and Lundy came here hunting the Bay Harbor Butcher.
And the Chowder Barge showed up in the same season, in a scene where Dexter & Debra were grabbing lunch at a coffee bar.
And here they both are again, five years later.
I'm not sure about the interior of the Marina Master's office -- that might have just been a studio set.
But the exterior was definitely the Chowder Barge. Take a look:
Here is a screencap of the "Marina Master's Office""
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. I did a page about the Chowder Barge five years ago, and I simply recognized it when I saw it again.
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