Fish Pier
© Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester MA

“In its heyday as a salt fish producer; Gorton’s … kept dozens of wharves and acres of flake yards busy with the unloading, filleting, salting, drying, boning, cutting, grinding, smoking, boxing, packaging, and canning of the millions upon millions of pounds of fish brought back from the North Atlantic banks by their fleets of handsome Gloucester schooners…”

Joseph E. Garland author/historian

Here workers split cod freshly unloaded from the schooner Evelyn M. Thompson, on April 19, 1912; you can see her bow on the right. The fish were then salted and left on the flakes to dry.