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Catalog Number D.V.030
Caption Apex Fish Co.
Description The Apex Fish Co. Anacortes, Wa. In the background is Guemes Channel. Apex Fish Company began c. 1902 at the foot of I Avenue. It was leased by W. F. Robinson in 1904. Lee Wakefield assumed management of the cannery in 1909. The 2-17-1910, ANACORTES AMERICAN reported, "$211,500 Cannery Deal. Lee Wakefield purchases shares in Apex Cannery owned by Woolard and Dow and announced plans to run cannery on profit sharing plan." In 1914 Apex greatly enlarged with the purchase of Matheson Fisheries at the foot of J Avenue. It then claimed to be the second largest cannery in the world, and in one day during the 1914 season processed 50,000 salmon. Second only to Pacific American Fisheries, it operated 3 fish traps off Whidbey Island and hired 378 Chinese, 334 Japanese, 300 Indians, and 529 whites. Women and children were hired when it was running at full capacity. See 3-28-1963, article by Bill Mondhan. The cannery closed in the 1930s, and was converted into a shipbuilding plant. See WF 1870. Note the web-drying racks at right. For other views, see WF 0431, 0441, 0451.
Subjects Industry - Seafood Processing
Structure - Business
Place - Anacortes, WA
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Apex Fish Company
seafood processing
Guemes Channel
Object Name Print, Photographic