Monterey, California: Historic Cannery Row and John Steinbeck Walking Tour
Sardine Capital of the World 1940 to 1945 / Aeneas Sardine Products
Do you see the crossover with the name Aeneas Sardine Products ahead? This was the conveyor crossing from the cannery which was on the left to the warehouse on the right. Stop for a moment when you get to this crossover.
Cannery operations were gathering speed during the first half of the 1940’s and Monterey became known as the “Sardine Capital of the World.” The plentiful and nutritious Monterey sardine canned and shipped in the famous one-pound oval sardine can, would feed American soldiers and allied nations throughout World War II.
The Aeneas Canning Company was founded in 1945 to take advantage of this demand but, with the sardine market crashing the following year, it was one of the last canneries to be built. It was also one of the least successful, becoming one of the first to shut its doors in 1952.
Now turn right into the open space called Cannery Row Park Plaza and continue walking straight.