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Cannery Divers Memorial

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Monterey, known as the "The Sardine Capital of the World," would have never become a world-famous sardine industry had it not been for the courage and skill of the cannery divers and their heroic exploits. The sardines were pumped ashore from floating hoppers and through underwater pipes. This equipment had to be installed, repaired, replaced, realigned, and maintained to keep the canneries of the Old Row in production for an entire six-month season each year. Two Monterey divers succumbed to these dangers and died for their work under the waves of Monterey Bay. A memorial monument was dedicated to these brave men.