Oakland in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Beginning in the 1870s, harbor improvements by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers transformed the shallow estuary into a working harbor. Channels and basins were deepened, and the dredged mud and sand were used to fill marshes and tidelands. Coast Guard Island, north of here, was created by dumping dredged material behind levees. The excavated mile-long tidal canal, south of here, transformed Alameda from a peninsula to an island and funneled tidal water from San Leandro Bay through the estuary in order to scour the shipping channels. These harbor improvements made the estuary accessible to ocean-going vessels, ushering in a new era of marine commerce.
Farther west is Fortman Marina, the site of the berthing basin of the Alaska Packers Association – the world’s largest salmon-packing concern. Beginning in the 1890s, the company’s ships sailed north each spring, returning in late summer with salmon from the Alaska canneries. After 1900, the fleet was moored and repaired in Alameda. By the 1930s, the square-riggers had been replaced by steamships, and the company moved to Seattle during World War II. The basin was renamed Fortman Marina in honor of the first president of the Alaska Packers.
Location. 37° 46.628′ N, 122° 14.531′ W. Marker is in Oakland, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Embarcadero, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2301 Embarcadero, Oakland CA 94606, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cryer & Sons (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); California Cotton Mill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Early Harbor (approx. half a mile away); Water & Rails / Brooklyn Basin (approx. 0.7 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Alameda Lodge No. 1015 (approx. ¾ mile away); Alameda City Hall (approx. ¾ mile away); Alameda City Hall, 1895-96 (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oakland.
More about this marker. This marker is located in Union Point Park near the boat docks.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 4, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 390 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 4, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.