Wednesday, February 28, 2007

San Pedro Fishermen's Union, ILWU

This is the logo for one of the major commercial fishermen unions based in San Pedro, California. For much of the twentieth century, San Pedro and Los Angeles Harbor were home to the largest fishing industry in the United States.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

USS Cowell (DD-547)

The USS Cowell was a Fletcher class destroyer built during World War II at the old Bethlehem Steel yard on Terminal Island (near San Pedro) California. Commissioned in August 1943, the USS Cowell received the Presidential Unit Citation and 11 battle stars for service during the war.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Dalmatian-American Club

Recent photograph of the exterior of the Dalmatian-American Club, a well-known San Pedro, California, landmark. Dalmatian- Americans played a formative role in the development of the once mighty San Pedro fishing industry.
Known originally as the Jugoslav Club, the building was dedicated on September 30, 1935. In 1949, it was renamed the Yugoslav-American Club. Finally, in 1992, it was renamed the Dalmatian-American Club.
Prominent San Pedro citizen Martin J. Bogdanovich, president of Jugoslav Club and the French Sardine Company cannery, suffered a fatal heart attack just before opening the annual meeting of the Jugoslav Club on June 18, 1944. He was 61 years old.

Just Another Day in Los Angeles Harbor

Recent image of the Main Channel of Los Angeles Harbor (aka, Port of Los Angeles), the busiest port complex in the United States.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Point Fermin cliffs

The rocky cliffs of Point Fermin Park, San Pedro, California. The well-known Point Fermin Lighthouse is located nearby. On December 24, 1941, a Japanese submarine torpedoed the lumber freighter Absaroka a short distance away from here. One crewman died after he was struck by falling lumber and knocked overboard. The crippled ship made it to East San Pedro, where it was repaired. The submarine escaped.