Historic Cannery Row
Since the canning plants along Cannery Row didn’t 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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 36° 37.015′ N, 121° 54.008′ W. Marker is in Monterey, California, in Monterey County. Marker can be reached from
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fish Hoppers (here, next to this marker); 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 Ricketts’s Backyard (about 300 feet away); The Cannery Row Monument (about 300 feet away); One Man, Two Worlds (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monterey.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 8, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 437 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 8, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.