North to Alaska

From Pacific Fisherman, Annual Review, 1909

Courtesy of the Freshwater and Marine Image Bank, Fisheries-Oceanography Library of the University of Washington

North to Alaska

In the late 1800s, cannery owners discovered the riches of the salmon stocks in Alaska. The Alaska Packers Association formed in 1893, and its members built or secured floating canneries at Cook Inlet, Kodiak Island, Bristol Bay, and many other areas.


Steam schooner Royal

Gift of the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries

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The Royal

The Royal, built by Matthew Turner in Benicia, California in 1891, transported laborers and supplies to canneries in Alaska. It was also used for carrying canned fish to markets.