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This building (It says "Pacific Canadian Fisheries Inc") is between Shearwater and
Bella Bella. I'm not sure what the story is.

This is the old C.N.F.C. cannery at Shearwater.All shutdown and has been for quite few years now.Last operated as cold storage/freezer facility in the late '80s by a U.S.cash buyer as far as I know.
Andy
Wednesday, January 31st, 2007 at 21:22:10

Years before it was a cold storage, and a cannery it was a fuel dock that had been shut down for a few years. I believe it was a leftover from the war when Shearwater was a coast watch station. In the mid 60's it was purchased by Jack Elsie and I believe Walter Sedgwick and started as just a 1 or 2 line cannery with a small ice plant and called Milbank Industries or Fishing Co. In its early years it was quite successful. They had a small select group of very productive fishermen; mostly seine boats, and cash buyers that bought fish from whatever area they were sent to. A friend of mine, Ken Martin was one of the first cash buyers they had. He started packing with his grandfathers old boat called the Jessica B and then moved up to another old boat called the Adolfina. I bought the Adolfina from Ken and started cash buying for them as well, and he moved up to a brand new boat called the Northern Princess. They were heady times. The fleet grew and the packers grew and like so much in the fishing industry it outpaced itself and faded. I believe it was the mid 70s when the cannery was taken over by the CNFC.

A good contact in the area for more information would be Alan Tite who grew up there and worked for at least one of the newer owners before becoming a fixture at Shearwater.

Bob Williams

Bob Williams
Saturday, September 17th, 2011 at 10:57:38


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