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Wooden trestle under construction
Wooden trestle under construction
Dated on back 8/5/24.
Worker stands next to open door of center retort machine, with pallet of canned salmon inside
Worker stands next to open door of center retort machine, with pallet of canned salmon inside
Caption: "Huntoon." The retort machine cooked canned salmon at 240 degrees fahrenheit. The cans were stacked on trays, cooked and then cooled.
Worker stands next to open door of center retort machine, with pallet of canned salmon inside
Worker stands next to open door of center retort machine, with pallet of canned salmon inside
The retort machine cooked canned salmon at 240 degrees fahrenheit. The cans were stacked on trays, cooked and then cooled.
Workers brailing fish from traps into very full bins on holding scow
Workers brailing fish from traps into very full bins on holding scow
Photo on page from photo album with pink sticky note attached that reads " Ashahel Curtis, PAF."
Workers on barge brailing salmon from fishtraps
Workers on barge brailing salmon from fishtraps
The process of pulling the fish-filled trap into the barge is called "brailing."
Workers on barge brailing salmon from fishtraps
Workers on barge brailing salmon from fishtraps
The process of pulling the fish-filled trap into the barge is called "brailing."
Workers on barge brailing salmon from fishtraps
Workers on barge brailing salmon from fishtraps
The process of pulling the fish-filled trap into the barge is called "brailing."
Workers on barge brailing salmon from fishtraps
Workers on barge brailing salmon from fishtraps
The process of pulling the fish-filled trap into the barge is called "brailing."
Workers on barge brailing salmon from fishtraps
Workers on barge brailing salmon from fishtraps
The process of pulling the fish-filled trap into the barge is called "brailing."
Workers on barge brailing salmon from fishtraps
Workers on barge brailing salmon from fishtraps
The process of pulling the fish-filled trap into the barge is called "brailing."
Workers on deck of fishing tender moored Kassan cannery docks with seaplane on water in background
Workers on deck of fishing tender moored Kassan cannery docks with seaplane on water in background
Written in ink on three separate United States Steel memo sheets: "Kasaan, Alaska is located on Prince of Wales Island and is about 20 miles from Ketchikan. The present location of Kasaan was determined by the government, who moved the natives from Old Kasaan. Kasaan Village was built in its present location by the government, when Old Kasaan was stricken with smallpox and tuberculosis. Old Kasaan which was 5 miles was noted for its totem poles. These for the most part were left when the new village was organized. In 1901 the first salmon cannery was built at Kasaan by the the[sic] Kasaan Bay Fishing and Mining Co of New Haven, Connecticut. The cannery operated for two years and then was closed down, It was operated again in 1906, after which the cannery burned. It was rebuilt again and was lost by fire again on Sept. 12, 1910 and again by fire Oct. 29, 1911. Pacific American Fisheries of Bellingham acquired the Kasaan Cannery from Northwestern Fisheries about 1931. It was operated till 1953. The buildings are still standing although the machinery has been removed. Many people from Bellingham put in a season at Kasaan. The new community house at Kasaan was built during the 1930's. The totems are from Old Kasaan."
Workers stand knee-deep in fish holds full of salmon on a dockside scow
Workers stand knee-deep in fish holds full of salmon on a dockside scow
Back caption: "Eliza Island Dock". On front: Photo by Corbett." Several fishing boats are tied up down the dock. Starting in 1899 Pacific American Fisheries had a shipyard, and in 1913 built a rendering plant to produce fertilizer from salmon on Eliza Island.

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