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Title A small bit of history returns to our port
Object Name Newspaper
Scope & Content A small bit of history returns to our port
By Captain George T. Davis, Harbormaster.
72' steel hull shrimp trawler "Gulf Seas" visited Port of Fernandina. Vessel owned by Brooks Trawlers Inc. of Brownsville TX and designed by Atlantic Marine Inc. of St. George Island, Fla. Brooks family entered seafood industry by discovering how to trawl for shrimp around Amelia Island. This happened in 1910 when Capt. William Jones Davis and several others made the discovery. Soon after the names M. Savaldore, S. Versaggi, Chas. Vichio, J. Hardee, Sr. and others appeared on fish houses along the waterfront. Albert Hirth founded the Atlantic Fish and Shrimp Company of Fernandina for marketing. After World War I, Hirth sold his company to B. B. Brooks who was his brother-in-law; the name was changed to Brooks Seafood Company. Canneries were built in Fernandina, Beaufort SC, St. Augustine FL and Galveston TX.
Catalog Number 1991.046.069
Collection AIMH
Accession number 1991.046
Caption A small bit of history returns to our port
Number of images 2
People Davis, George T. (Capt.)
Brooks, Adolph
Brooks, B. B.
Davis, William Jones (Capt.)
Hirth, Al
Hirth, L. C.
Versaggi, S.
Salvadore, M.
Vichio, Chas.
Hardee, J., Sr.
Search Terms Brooks Seafood
Atlantic Fish and Shrimp Company
Subjects Shrimp industry
Classification Business & Commerce
Fishing