Seining Grounds Above Astoria - 1887


Seining Grounds Above Astoria - Bertram C. Towne

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In the 1800s, salmon were caught in three ways: gill nets, fish traps and horse-drawn seines copied from Native American fiber drag nets. Horse-drawn seining, begun in the 1860s, produced a high quality of fish, with no damage to the gills or marks from the nets.

In this early photo from 1887, we can see the horses operating in shallow water, and a man in a small boat either pulling in or letting out the long drag line. Note the presence of the sidewheeler "Alaskan" in the background.

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA1183
Photographer Bertram C. Towne
Location Columbia River, Clatsop County, Washington State
Subject Fishing, Horses, Mules and Oxen, Rivers and Streams, Ships and Boats
Decade 1880s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Boudoir Card
Size of Original 4.5 x 7.4 inches
Photographer's Number Number 15