Monterey's Waterfront

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On Monterey's waterfront the words sardine, salmon, mackerel, pompano, albacore, abalone, flounder, and squid were music to the ears of fishermen. With its deep underwater canyon, Monterey Bay hosted a sealife jamboree long before the native Rumsien set out in small tule boats to harvest its bounty. It has sounded a siren call to fishermen and biologists ever since. Chinese fishermen pioneered modern commercial fishing in the 1850s, clustering in villages along Monterey's rugged coast. The cry "Baleia!" sounded through town, summoning Portuguese whalers to their longboats. Japanese divers in primitive hard-hat gear brought a sea snail called abalone to national attention, while Sicilians earned Monterey the title "sardine capital of the world." The railroad opened the way for visitors to discover this natural coastal paradise, now a tourist mecca.
ISBN: 9780738530031
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Tim Thomas, a fourth-generation Monterey native, is historian and director of public programs at the Monterey History and Art Association/Monterey Maritime and History Museum. His experience includes a decade spent working at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and 20 years researching fisheries and the cultural history of the bay. Dennis Copeland is the archivist for the Monterey Public Library. This colorful and entertaining pictorial voyage into Monterey's maritime past features the best images of the Monterey Maritime and History Museum and the City of Monterey.
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