Cannery tender

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The Cannery Tender Ilwaco of Washington
FMIB 44581 New Cannery Tender for Fidalgo Island Packing Co

A Cannery tender was a type of commercial fishing vessel operated by salmon canneries in the early to mid- 20th century. Most commonly used in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, the tender was used to transport fish from the cannery owned fish traps to the cannery. Tenders were also used to transport men and supplies to set up and maintain the fish traps as well as patrol the area for fish pirates.[1]

Surviving examples[edit]

After commercial fish traps were banned in Washington in 1934, and in Alaska in 1959, many of the trap tenders were sold to private operators for use as fishing boats[2] or towing vessels.[3]

The Chacon was one of two identical tenders operated by Fidalgo Island Packing Company. The Chacon can be visited at her permanent location in Chugiak, Alaska.


  1. ^ Allen, June (August 30, 2002). "Fish Pirates and Fish Traps". Ketchikan, Alaska: SitNews. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
  2. ^ Gabe Emerson - The Funter Bay Cannery
  3. ^ Vulcan of LaConner WA

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