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Catalog Number 2010.037.001
Caption WAWONA + CHALLENGE tug
Description Codfish schooner WAWONA worked for the Robinson Codfish Cannery, on Guemes Channel at foot of Erie and Dakota. W. F. Robinson, a fisherman from Gloucester, Massachusetts, began Robinson Fisheries in Anacortes c. 1897 at the foot of N Avenue, making fertilizer, fish oil, and glue. In 1905 he entered the codfish industry and soon announced plans to build the largest codfish cannery on the west coast. In 1912 he built the largest on "Puget Sound." See 7-25-1912 ANACORTES AMERICAN. Robinson operated numerous schooners that made the yearly six-month trip to Alaska; ALICE (acquired in 1904), the JOSEPH RUSS (acquired in 1905), and the WAWONA (acquired in 1914) and the AZALEA were some of them.

[for similar photos see 2003.085.014 and WF 0391]
Subjects Industry - Fishing
Maritime - Boat
Transportation - Maritime
Credit line Donated by Linda Haakenson, July 2010
Search Terms cod fishing
schooner
Robinson Codfish Company
Robinson Fisheries
WAWONA
Object Name Print, Photographic