Cordova had expanded its boat harbor in the mid-’30s and now with the throes of statehood upon the territory many debated how that would affect the fisheries. Prior to the war, the canneries owned most of the small gill netters and the big fish trap tenders. By the 1950s however 80 percent to 90 percent of the boats were now financed by the canneries but owned by the independent fishermen.
This photo came from the archives and collections of the Cordova Historical Society housed within the museum. The museum is open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays.