Monterey, California: Historic Cannery Row and John Steinbeck Walking Tour
Oil Storage Tank
There should be a big rusty drum to your left at the edge of the parking lot. Stop for a moment next to it.
This is an old steel fish oil storage tank, a remnant of the San Xavier Fish Packing Company. They occupied the parking lot area to the left, as well as the area straight ahead along the waterfront.
Now look just to the right of the storage tank. Can you see a metal structure peeking out of the ground?
For years, I thought this was a submarine. Well, I was wrong. It is actually an old railroad tanker car that was used to store fuel oil for the San Xavier Cannery. Over the years it was partially buried and now remains as an artifact of a bygone era.
When you're ready, continue walking straight along the trail.