Books & Reviews
Alessandro Baccari Jr. San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Arcadia Publishing, 2006. 168 pp.
Amazon description: Fisherman’s Wharf is San Francisco’s top tourist destination, but its history is much richer and more important than today’s quaint attractions suggest. Indeed, many of these well-known sights were developed only in the last few decades. The early wharf, originally known as Meigg’s Wharf, was once the main port of entry to San Francisco and an extremely industrious place. Lumber, food, and immigrants all arrived here, and railroads came right to the water’s edge to pick up building supplies for the rapidly growing city. Hardworking fishermen, both Chinese and Italian (who were often accompanied by their wives), set out to make a living by catching fish and crab in small vessels built at the wharf.
My comments: Still on the “to read” list! But obviously loaded with historical information, and a fair number of photos of the area and of old feluccas and Monterey boats too. The author has been instrumental in saving the wharf and its history.
Book on Amazon, with a “Look Inside”
Bud Galli. San Francisco’s Little Boat That Could. AuthorHouse, 2004
Amazon comments: The author is a licensed boat captain. He has fished commercially off the coast of California for several years, primarily for lobster and crabs. He discovered these boats as a young boy living in Alaska and was determined that one day he would have one. Eventually he found his boat and with the help of friends, restored her to her original beautiful condition. During the restoration he researched them at the San Francisco Maritime Museum and discovered the fascinating history of a little boat that dates back more than four thousand years. And probably related to the veryfirst real boat.
Book On Amazon
Marie De Santis. Neptune’s Apprentice/Adventures of a Commercial Fisherwoman. Novato, CA., Presidio Press, 1984.
Comments: “The adventures of a commercial fisherwomen. Much about salmon, herring, albacore, crabbing and much more – – up and down the Pacific Coast with a lot on the San Francisco Bay area.”
More: A photo of Ms. de Santis’ boat “Angelina G” can be found here in the McCorkle photo gallery. After nine years of fishing Ms. de Santis went on to a life in ecological and social activism, and is now director of the Women’s Justice Center in Santa Rosa. A short bio for Ms. de Santis.
Book on Amazon
Francis E. Caldwell. Pacific Troller. Anchorage, Alaska, Alaska. Northwest Publishing Company, 1978.
Comments: More background, not specifically Montereys… but includes details on trolling, rigging of lines.
Robert J. Browning. Fisheries of the North Pacific. Anchorage, Alaska, Alaska North Publishing Company, 1974.
Comments: (from Amazon) Robert J. Browning’s “Fisheries of the North Pacific” is a revised 1980 edition of his comprehensive 1974 look at North America’s best remaining fisheries, off the coasts of Alaska, British Columbia, the Pacific Northwest, and California. Browning’s 400-page narrative runs the gamut of the industry, from commercially exploitable fish species to the vessels and gear that gather the fish, and the industrial chain at sea and on shore that prepares and preserves the fish for market. The text is loaded with photographs, diagrams, and maps explaining how the fishing industry works, down to survival measures for fishermen at sea.
More: This is a thick book, a text book almost, with much about fishing and techniques but little specific to Monterey Clippers.
Earl Hohlmayer. Looking Back III: Tales of Italian Fishing Pioneers of Pittsburg, Monterey & Alaska. An Illustrated History. E & N Hohlmayer, 2002
Earl Hohlmayer, Angelo Ghio. The Story of the Beautiful Monterey Fishing Boats and the Story of one of the survivors: An Illustrated History. -OR- If You Take Care of Them, They Will Last!. E & N Hohlmayer. 2005.
On Amazon (or likely not)
Ed Ries, Looking Astern, Monterey Publications, 2011
Contains several chapters actually written by Capt. Mike McCorkle, who works a Monterey boat out of Santa Barbara.
From the Amazon review: “In 1930, a lad of eleven years dangled his line from the Santa Monica Pier in search of perch, tomcod, and halibut, thus beginning a life-long preoccupation with fishing. Over 75 years later, the former perch picker, Captain Ed Ries, shares his Tales of the Golden Years. Ries captures the forgotten local history of sport and commercial fishing, including the tackle, boats and people…”
On Amazon (with strange pricing?)
or at the publisher, Monterey Publications.
And if you like that, here’s another by Ed Ries- “Tales of the Golden Years
of California Ocean Fishing 1900-1950″.