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The subject of Fishing and Fisheries is depicted in middle to late 20th century literature at a time when governmental regulation of maritime borders was the means of controlling international fishing of coastal waters. Interest by the public in historical fishing, whaling, fishing techniques of other countries, the lives of fishermen, fishing vessels and equipment is notable beginning in the 1930s, with most technical works and conference proceedings published between the 1960s and 1980s. Books from the Library’s collections on Fishing and Fisheries are only partially represented here. If you do not see what you are looking for, please call the Library for more information at 310-548-7618 x 215.
Reference Works for Fisheries and Fishing
Industrial Fishery technology : a survey of methods for domestic harvesting, preservation, and processing of fish used for food and for industrial products. / by Maurice Stanby, 1963.
Industrial Fishery Technology introduces industrial fisheries and their products: tuna, salmon, herring, menhaden, and shellfish (shrimp, oyster, clam, scallop and abalone, crab and lobster). The books was published was 1976, and includes a brief discussion of world fisheries and production. At that time, Peru ranked highest of all nations in domestic production (see table, page 27). Among states in the U. S., Alaska, California, Louisiana, Mississippi and Virginia produced the highest volumes of fishery products and consequently the highest values, with California at number one in 1971 for tuna. In early 2000, California was still in the number one slot, but the fishery had changed from tuna to much smaller fish. Historical comparisons can be made against today’s statistics on the Internet.
Fish catching methods of the world. / Andres Von Brand, 1978.
Fish catching methods of the world is a “… thesaurus of fishing gear and catching methods”, as described in the Preface. The book is a review of known fishing catching methods used world-wide in smaller villages and coast-side towns where methods besides trawling and purse seining brought home the fish catch. The thirty chapters are illustrated with photographic images of fishermen, boats and equipment at some point in the process of preparing to catch or catching fish, or preparing equipment. Other images show the variety of equipment used in each geographic area.
Fishing Boats of the World. / Jan Olof Traung.
Fishing Boats of the World features the Design, Engines, Propellers, Deck Gear, Factory Ships, Safety of fishing boats and provides a reference for the design and equipment on a fishing boat in short distance fishing boats to bottom-fishers, tuna clippers and trawlers. Included are fishing boats operated by one or two fishermen; boats with sails, different kinds of motors, vessel engineering, their equipment and operation and a discussion of factory ships. The book’s 650 pages are illustrated with 600 photographs. Besides a very detailed Table of Contents, the book includes references and an index.
American fishing schooners 1825-1935. / by Howard I. Chapelle, 1973.
American fishing schooners 1825-1935 offers a historical review and technical description of fishing schooners from 1825 to 1935. The chapters are organized chronologically and provide line illustrations of the plan and profiles views of the ships, as well as sheer plans, perspective views, rigging details and drawings of cast iron fittings. The book, and others produced by the author, are authorities on the subject of vessel design, and especially helpful to model builders.
Fishing and Fisheries on the West Coast
Fishing Barges of California 1921-1998. / by Ed Ries, 2000.
Fishing Barges of California is the story of sportfishing by the public in California for about two decades beginning in 1921. For the cost of the “scrap value of the ships”, sailing ships no longer needed were sold and converted to fishing barges. They had formerly been schooners, barkentines and scows. In the beginning, fishing for the big and game fish could be had, along with restaurant food, bathrooms, and fresh water for comfort for 50c a day. Ries chronicles the people aspiring to catch the big one as well as the captains who became businessmen. Biographies of well-known sailing and steam barges are included, as well as a bibliography and index. Most of the story takes place between 1921 and 1939, the momentum of sportfishing from barges didn’t really slow to a stop until 1998.
Hunters, Seamen and Entrepreneurs the Tuna Seinermen of San Diego./ by Michael Orbach, 1977.
Hunters, Seamen and Entrepreneurs is a book describing the technique and technical aspects of fishing for tuna through the experiences of the Portuguese and Italian fishermen in an area termed as the Eastern Tropical Pacific off the shores of San Diego, California between 1973-1975. The author was at the time a graduate student of anthropology who used his beginner’s experience as a sailor to help land a job on a tuna seiner and to learn first-hand of the processes involved in going to sea, preparing to catch and capturing the tuna fish, and bringing the catch back to port to sell and process.
Tales of the Golden Years of California Ocean Fishing 1900-1950. / by Ed Ries, 1995.
The author’s abundance of knowledge about sportfishing is organized by theme and laid out in thirteen chapters. Illustrations as photographs or line drawings provide a view into the aspects of sportfishing, such as prized fishes, fish for the market and canning industries, tackle and equipment, and personalities in sportfishing as a challenge.
The Portuguese Shore Whalers of California, 1854 – 1904. / by David E. Bertao, 2006.
The Portuguese Shore Whalers of California is a well-illustrated history of shore whalers, including coverage of sea-side counties from northern to southern California. The third section of the book is a biographical listing of shore whalers; 262 of Portuguese descent and 64 of non- Portuguese descent. Section one and two cover the business of shore whaling and the counties, and are illustrated with maps and photographs of cities or ships, captains, and whales. A bibliography and index are included which make the book a good source for quick reference on whalers and Portuguese settlers in California beginning around the time of the Gold Rush.
Men and Whales. / by Richard Ellis, 1991.
Men and Whales is a history of world-wide whaling beginning with the Basque peoples of France and Spain, about 900 C.E. and continuing through most of the twentieth century and the end of whaling enforced by governmental controls and environmental groups against the killing of the large mammals. In between is the story of how whaling supplied countries with oil, bone, and by-products of oil and blubber, a kind of whale fat sometimes used in cooking, but more often representing the bulk of fat harvested from a dead whale to supplement the amber-colored whale oil that was most prized for its purity. The connection for almost 1000 years of the great mammals of the sea with those on land quickly became a tale of human bravery against the size and might of the whale, animals which are now close to extinction due to human exploitation and greed. The author examines every aspect of whaling, from the methods of catching and beaching whales to the utilization of the animal’s carcass for items made of oil and wax such as candles and soaps, medicines, food delicacies, and bone fittings for undergarments and scrimshaw as souvenirs. A marine artist, the author has included some of his paintings of whales alongside photographs or posters from the history of whaling in recent times.
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Book and periodical titles in this list are selected which offer photographs or paintings to accompany descriptions of historical ships. Ships registers list steam, motor, diesel and other vessels, ships in the U.S. Navy and the Merchant Marines.
Hollywood to Honolulu: the Story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company. / Gordon Ghareeb and Martin Cox. Published by The Steamship Historical Society of America, 2009. 264 p., illustrations in black and white include photographs and posters, color plate section. Includes bibliography and index.
The Story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company is told year by year from 1921 to 1937, with an introduction covering the years 1907-1920. An exciting review of the ships that voyaged mostly from the West Coast to Hawaii, its photographs represent famous tourists or their luxurious surroundings in the dining rooms, lounges, or on deck. Color posters of ships and black and white photographs portray the ships Calawaii, City of Honolulu, City of Los Angeles, and Diamond Head. Included in the appendix is a full roster of ships of the Los Angeles Steamship Company and a filmography from 1922 to 1933.
Ships and Narrow Gauge Rails: the Story of the Pacific Coast Company. / Gerald M. Best. Published by Howell-North Books, 1964. 153 p., illustrations are black and white photographs, tables, maps and posters. Includes index.
Covers railway pre-history and the first marine and rail roadstead in San Luis Obispo, California to the last of the Pacific Coast Railroad when it was sold to Great Northern Railroad in 1951. Ships and Narrow Gauge Rails offers a special chapter: “List of Steamships 1867-1916” in which the ships of the Pacific Coast Steamship Company from the Alexander Duncan to the Yaquina show the close relationship for between transport over land and transport by water.
Pacific Steamboats. Photographs from the Joe Williamson Marine collection. / Gordon R. Newell. Published by Superior Publishing Company, Inc., 1958. 196 p., illustrated with black and white photographs. Index to ship’s names included.
Steamships and Motorships of the West Coast. / Richard Benson. Superior Publishing Company, Inc., 1968. 175 p., illustrated with black and white photographs. Index to ship’s names, and General Index are included.
Pacific Lumberships. / Gordon Newell and Joe Williamson. Bonanza Books; copyright by Superior Publishing Company, Inc., 1960. 192 p., illustrated with black and white photographs. Includes picture index.
Gold, Silk, Pioneers & Mail: from the California Gold Field to the China Trade; the Story of Pacific Mail Steamship Company. / Robert J. Chandler. Published by Friends of the San Francisco Maritime Museum Library, 2007. 52 p., illustrations include black and white photographs of ships, paintings of ships, and engravings. Index included.
Pacific Coastal Liners. / Gordon Newell and Joe Williamson. Published by Superior Publishing Company, Inc., 1958. 196 p., illustrated with black and white photographs. Picture index included.
Steamboat Bill is a long-running periodical or journal in the collections of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library. The Library holds consecutive issues from 1944 to 2007. There are indexes to the issues published by the Steamship Historical Society of America.
Power Ships is the continuation of Steamboat Bill. The Library holds issues from 2012 to the present.
The Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library maintains collections on steamship history. Please see the online catalog of books at LibraryThing.com or call the Library at 310-548-7618 for more information.