Sunday, July 16, 2006

Into the Mist

New England Fish Company was one of the largest salmon cannery operations around, when I was growing up. I later worked as a mate and captain on their tenders out of La Conner WA, Cordova AK, and Ketchikan AK. Then in 1980 they went belly up and I haven't been able to find hide nor hair of their existence online, except for one photo of the Orca cannery just outside Cordova.

I'm hoping by starting this weblog--named after one of their former vessels I skippered for Independent Fishermen's Packing Co. of Anacortes WA--that I'll manage to come across others who might know of photographic or bibliographic repositories I might contact. Maybe we can even share some stories about this outfit that just vanished into the mist.

Meanwhile, I'll post some of my favorite vessel photos in the sidebar for old-timers to enjoy.

2 Comments:

Blogger Brother Rail Gun of Forgiveness said...

I found a court case:

ALASKA INDEPENDENT FISHERMEN'S MARKETING ASSOCIATION, Appellant, v. NEW ENGLAND FISH COMPANY, Respondent.

And some peripheral references to it. Bellingham Cold Storage has a mention and some semi-related pictures.

8:29 PM  
Blogger Spartacus O'Neal said...

Thanks. It looks like I might have to physically travel to a number of small town museums and libraries that have photos--catalogued and otherwise--but have yet to go digital. Might actually be fun someday, when time and money coincide.

8:58 PM  

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