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Monterey in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Cannery Divers Memorial
 
Cannery Divers Memorial Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 22, 2010
1. Cannery Divers Memorial Marker
 
Inscription. Monterey's world-famous sardine industry depended on the courage and skill of cannery divers. Sardines were pumped ashore from floating hoppers through underwater pipes that had to be installed, repaired, replaced, realigned and maintained in order for the canneries of the Old Row to operate on a full six month season each year. Monterey could never have become "The Sardine Capital of the World" without their heroic exploits. Two Monterey divers, their named marked with an asterisk, died in the performance of their dangerous work under the waves of Monterey Bay.

Divers - Oscar Lager, Eddie Bushnell, * Henry Porter, Al Annand, Pete Constanti, Mitch Constanti, Larry Johnson, * Tom Pierce, George Fraley, Ralph Nonella

Tenders - Chester Bushnell, Dick McFadden, George Fraley, Ted Duffy, Danny Toms, Andy Skov, Manuel Garcia, John Poskus, Ralph Nonella, Ray Overton

Dedicated April 17, 2008
By the Cannery Row Foundation
and the Historic Divers Society - USA

 
Erected 2008 by Cannery Row Foundation and Historic Divers Society - USA.
 
Location. 36° 36.62′ N, 121° 53.781′ W. Marker is in Monterey, California, in Monterey County. Marker is on Cannery Row
 
Cannery Divers Memorial - Donor Plaque Photo, Click for full size
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 22, 2010
2. Cannery Divers Memorial - Donor Plaque
Mounted on the monument directly below the marker is a donor plaque listing the major donors for the memorial, reading: The Cannery Memorial was made possible by these major donors: A.L. "Scrap" & Eric Lundy; Sylvia Fraley & Family; Art & Josephine Eino; Global Diving & Salvage, Inc.; Kirby Morgan Dive Systems, Inc.; Rixmey & Pauline Riggs; The Cannery Row Company; Cannery Row Business Association; A Taste of Monterey; Bamboo Reef & Saul Zammeti; Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa; The Shake Family; Carol Bushnell McCranly & Joyce Bushnell; James D. Caldwell, Jr. & Marion K. Caldwell; George Cole; Lee Nelisky; Ralie Moore;
The Cannery Row Foundation also wishes to thank the many crucial smaller personal donations that made the memorial possible.
The Cannery Row Foundation
Michael K. Hemp, President 2008
 
east of Reeside Avenue when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Monterey CA 93940, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Trains and Canneries (a few steps from this marker); Associated Oil Fire – 1924 (within shouting distance of this marker); Monterey Breakwater (within shouting distance of this marker); The California Riviera (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Edward Ricketts (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hurray for Hollywood (approx. mile away); Sloat Monument (approx. mile away); Presidio of Monterey Museum (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Monterey.
 
More about this marker. The marker is mounted on a cement monument on the promenade at San Carlos Beach Park, a few hundred feet southeast of Cannery Row.
 
Also see . . .
1. Historic Cannery Divers Memorial Project. The Cannery Row Foundation's page for the Divers Memorial. Includes plans for the memorial, photographs of the casting of the dive helmet, as well as a couple of historic photographs. (Submitted on April 22, 2010.) 

2. Looking Back. CanneryRow.com's historical pages for Cannery Row. (Submitted on April 22, 2010.) 
 
Bronze Casting of Diving Helmet, by Jesse Corsant Photo, Click for full size
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 22, 2010
3. Bronze Casting of Diving Helmet, by Jesse Corsant
 
 
Cannery Row Today - looking northwest Photo, Click for full size
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 22, 2010
4. Cannery Row Today - looking northwest
Formerly canneries, Cannery Row's buildings have been converted to shops and restaurants geared towards tourists.
 
 
Cannery Divers Memorial Marker - wide view Photo, Click for full size
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 22, 2010
5. Cannery Divers Memorial Marker - wide view
From an interpretive sign about 200 feet east of the memorial: "In the 1930s canneries were big business. Canneries lined the streets until the sardine populations plunged and the industry went bust in the early 1950's. Today, squid is the bay's biggest fishery, and tourism is Cannery Row's major industry."
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on April 22, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,701 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 22, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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