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Monterey in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Silver Harvest

Historic Cannery Row

 
 
Silver Harvest Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
1. Silver Harvest Marker
[Photograph caption; left] Photograph courtesy of Pat Hathaway, California Views, [top right] Photograph by A.C. Heidrick, courtesy of Pat Hathaway, California Views, [bottom right] Photograph courtesy of the Monterey History & Arts Association.
Inscription. In the formative days of the Monterey fishing industry, the working boats were too small to carry both a crew and a catch. The fishermen towed a second boat called a “lighter,” which could hold 25 to 60 tons of sardines.

Since the canning plants along Cannery Row didnít have loading docks, the catch was off-loaded at sea. Fishermen used brailing nets to transfer fish from the lighters to metal buckets, which held about 600 pounds of fish each.

The buckets were winched by wire cables to the cannery weight room just offshore, and fishermen were paid by the weight of their catch. Conveyor belts moved the catch from pump houses to the canneries for processing. Transferring fish by the bucket-and-cable method was a long and arduous task for the fishermen, who had already worked all night bringing in the catch.
 
Location. 36° 37.015′ N, 121° 54.008′ W. Marker is in Monterey, California, in Monterey County. Marker can be reached from Cannery Row. Click for map. This marker located on the bayfront promenade to the right of the Clement Monterey hotel, 750 Cannery Row. Marker is at or near this postal address: 750 Cannery Row, Monterey CA 93940, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fish Hoppers (here, next to this marker);

Silver Harvest Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
2. Silver Harvest Marker
The marker is on the right.
Giant Kelp Beyond the Breakers (a few steps from this marker); The Del Mar Canning Company, 1927-1947 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fiction (about 300 feet away); Science (about 300 feet away); Ed Rickettsís Backyard (about 300 feet away); The Cannery Row Monument (about 300 feet away); One Man, Two Worlds (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Monterey.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 333 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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