The California Abalone Industry: A Pictorial History by Scrap Lundy

A.L Lundy aka “Scrap” Lundy’s presentation will explain the various aspects of one of the least known, most interesting, and oldest industries in California: the abalone industry.

When: Thursday, March 15, 2012, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: S.B. Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Wy., #190, Santa Barbara

Cost: Free - $5

Age limit: Not available

Categories: Lectures


Free (members), $5 (non-members)
To RSVP or purchase tickets, Call: (805) 962-8404, x115

Lundy, a formal navy, commercial, abalone diver and now recreational diver will show over one hundred never before seen photos showing all aspects of the abalone industry. With photos ranging from 1898 to recent history, he will speak of how the industry became popular in California and the rest of the world and possible causes of the industry’s demise and future. In the early days from 1853 to 1880’s the industry was made up entirely of Chinese immigrants. They founded the commercial California abalone industry and made it into a very successful venture. In the early 1880’s the Chinese were excluded from the business by a prejudicial act of Congress. The industry lay dormant until about 1898 when the Japanese fisherman of Monterey rediscovered the abalone resource and started diving as a means to harvest the product. In 1929, white divers in Morro Bay copied the Japanese methods and created an industry in Morro Bay. That industry eventually spread to include all of southern California. Lundy’s lecture will discuss the hardships and daily life patterns of the abalone diver’s life on the boats, issues white sharks, giant octopi, having their air hoses cut by boat propellers and many other hazards of the life of the early abalone diver.

Phone: 805-962-8404

Event posted Feb. 14, 2012
Last updated Feb. 14, 2012


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