The Alaska Packers
most celebrated of the Estuary's commercial sailing fleets belonged to
the Alaska Packers Association, the world's largest salmon-packing
operation. The Alaska Packers ships headed out the Golden Gate each
spring for the Alaskan salmon-fishing waters and returned in late summer
or early fall laden with canned salmon. The ships spent the winter in
berthing and ship-repair facilities on the Estuary waterfront, near
Grand Street in Alameda. Steamships replaced the sailing ships by 1930.
During World War II the company transferred its operations to Seattle.
The old berthing basin began to be used as a yacht harbor in the early
1930s. Now known as Fortman Marina, named for the first president of the
Alaska Packers, it ranks as the oldest yacht harbor on the Estuary still
"Walk Along the Water"
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