|This photo of fish flakes is in the collection of|
Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum
|Another fish flake photo in the PMPM collection|
|Photo of trap fishing found on the|
Library of Congress website
In 1935, Provincetown fishermen landed 30 million pounds of fish, with 20 million pounds being brought in by trap boats. At that time there were seven "cold storages," as they were called, with the Cape Cod Cold Storage in the West End employing 50 to 100 workers in the cold storage itself, along with the crews operating their three trap boats. The site also had a wharf, power house, pump house, machine shop, blacksmith shop, fillet plant, freezer and cannery.
Trap fishing here ended around the 1960s or 70s, and today we have just a handful of Provincetown boats still fishing in other ways.