My grandfather, Pete Burns, was a sailor aboard the last commercial sailing ships on the West Coast. Alaska Packers, a subsidiary of the Del Monte Corporation (aka the California Packing Co.) maintained a small fleet of steel hulled, square rigged ships which sailed between San Francisco and its salmon canning operations in Alaska. The ships carried cannery supplies up from San Francisco and brought back canned salmon from its canneries. Even though steamships were the most used form of marine transportation by the first part of the 20th century, Del Monte found it more cost advantageous to maintain and crew a fleet of "windjammers" well into the 1920's. | Click image for Comments. | Home | Browse All Photos