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Romeo's Pier. Built in the 1940's by Joe Romeo to house his sardine fishing and cannery business. Joe's brand was called "Charlie Boy" named after his son Charles. Starkist Tuna Company liked the name so much that they purchased the branding from Romeo sans the sardines. And thus, Charlie the Tuna was born. The cannery closed in the 1950's when the sardines disappeared from the area and Joe went into the fertilizer business.

 

For decades, the pier sat vacant. In 1996 the Harbor District purchased the decrepit Romeo Pier, located just north of Pillar Point Harbor, for $185,000. The pier has remained, decaying and idle, for nearly 20 years. Recently the Harbor commissioners rescinded their authorization of $61,000 to begin study of a demolition plan. It is estimated that removal of the

pier will cost $650,000.

 

This photo is of the aging pier known locally as "Old Romeo's" located in Pillar Point's outer harbor at Princeton-by-the-Sea, California. The pier was built by Joe Romeo in the 1940's and, today, is owned by the County of San Mateo. Joe had owned a successful wholesale fish business in San Francisco when he decided to move his family (including sons, Frank and Charles) to Princeton where sardines were abundant. He constructed this pier and the building at its end. Today, it remains as the only visible memory of Princeton's colorful sardine and cannery era when rugged, tough-talking fisherman ruled this harbor.

 

Joe's canned brand of sardines were called "Charlie Boy" after son, Charles. The Starkist Tuna Company liked the name so much, they bought the brand (not the sardines) from Joe and created their own famous advertising icon called "Charlie the Tuna". Romeo finally closed the cannery when the sardines disappeared and then shifted to the more-profitable fertilizer business. Today, his company produces fine blends of 300 different kinds of fertilizers.

 

Recently, the County completed a preliminary economic feasibility analysis of constructing a new pier to replace Old Romeo's.

On January 3, 1974 a fire broke out at the Starkist Tuna Cannery in Fish Harbor San Pedro, CA nearly destroying the entire facility.

On January 3, 1974 a fire broke out at the Starkist Tuna Cannery in Fish Harbor San Pedro, CA nearly destroying the entire facility.

On January 3, 1974 a fire broke out at the Starkist Tuna Cannery in Fish Harbor San Pedro, CA nearly destroying the entire facility.

On January 3, 1974 a fire broke out at the Starkist Tuna Cannery in Fish Harbor San Pedro, CA nearly destroying the entire facility.

On January 3, 1974 a fire broke out at the Starkist Tuna Cannery in Fish Harbor San Pedro, CA nearly destroying the entire facility.

Whitehouse Products Inc. was a camera company based in Brooklyn, NY.

Starting c1947, they made a wonderfully styled camera named "Beacon", and several variations of it over the next 24 years, all of the same basic style.

Then in 1971, Whitehouse teamed up with StarKist Tuna and produced this novelty camera in the form of StarKist's cartoon mascot, Charlie.

The camera takes 126 film, and Charlie even accepts flashcubes in the top of his beret!

On January 3, 1974 a fire broke out at the Starkist Tuna Cannery in Fish Harbor San Pedro, CA nearly destroying the entire facility.

On January 3, 1974 a fire broke out at the Starkist Tuna Cannery in Fish Harbor San Pedro, CA nearly destroying the entire facility.

On January 3, 1974 a fire broke out at the Starkist Tuna Cannery in Fish Harbor San Pedro, CA nearly destroying the entire facility.

On January 3, 1974 a fire broke out at the Starkist Tuna Cannery in Fish Harbor San Pedro, CA nearly destroying the entire facility.

On January 3, 1974 a fire broke out at the Starkist Tuna Cannery in Fish Harbor San Pedro, CA nearly destroying the entire facility.

Romeo's Pier in Princeton by the Sea, California.

 

Joe Romeo built this pier in the 40's and, with his two sons Frank and Charles, canned a brand of sardines here called "Charlie Boy". Starkist Tuna liked the name so much, they bought the brand and created their own famous icon called "Charlie Tuna"

On January 3, 1974 a fire broke out at the Starkist Tuna Cannery in Fish Harbor San Pedro, CA nearly destroying the entire facility.

Charlie the Tuna, King of the Sea! 1971 Tuna-cam. Takes 126 film cartridges. A great gift from a dear flickr-friend... Thanks Laura!

 

As soon as I find some film, I am going to take my fish on a photo expedition.

 

www.starkist.com/charlie

On January 3, 1974 a fire broke out at the Starkist Tuna Cannery in Fish Harbor San Pedro, CA nearly destroying the entire facility.

On January 3, 1974 a fire broke out at the Starkist Tuna Cannery in Fish Harbor San Pedro, CA nearly destroying the entire facility.

On January 3, 1974 a fire broke out at the Starkist Tuna Cannery in Fish Harbor San Pedro, CA nearly destroying the entire facility.

On January 3, 1974 a fire broke out at the Starkist Tuna Cannery in Fish Harbor San Pedro, CA nearly destroying the entire facility.

On January 3, 1974 a fire broke out at the Starkist Tuna Cannery in Fish Harbor San Pedro, CA nearly destroying the entire facility.

On January 3, 1974 a fire broke out at the Starkist Tuna Cannery in Fish Harbor San Pedro, CA nearly destroying the entire facility.

On January 3, 1974 a fire broke out at the Starkist Tuna Cannery in Fish Harbor San Pedro, CA nearly destroying the entire facility.

On January 3, 1974 a fire broke out at the Starkist Tuna Cannery in Fish Harbor San Pedro, CA nearly destroying the entire facility.

On January 3, 1974 a fire broke out at the Starkist Tuna Cannery in Fish Harbor San Pedro, CA nearly destroying the entire facility.

On January 3, 1974 a fire broke out at the Starkist Tuna Cannery in Fish Harbor San Pedro, CA nearly destroying the entire facility.

On January 3, 1974 a fire broke out at the Starkist Tuna Cannery in Fish Harbor San Pedro, CA nearly destroying the entire facility.

On January 3, 1974 a fire broke out at the Starkist Tuna Cannery in Fish Harbor San Pedro, CA nearly destroying the entire facility.

On January 3, 1974 a fire broke out at the Starkist Tuna Cannery in Fish Harbor San Pedro, CA nearly destroying the entire facility.

On January 3, 1974 a fire broke out at the Starkist Tuna Cannery in Fish Harbor San Pedro, CA nearly destroying the entire facility.

On January 3, 1974 a fire broke out at the Starkist Tuna Cannery in Fish Harbor San Pedro, CA nearly destroying the entire facility.

On January 3, 1974 a fire broke out at the Starkist Tuna Cannery in Fish Harbor San Pedro, CA nearly destroying the entire facility.

On January 3, 1974 a fire broke out at the Starkist Tuna Cannery in Fish Harbor San Pedro, CA nearly destroying the entire facility.

On January 3, 1974 a fire broke out at the Starkist Tuna Cannery in Fish Harbor San Pedro, CA nearly destroying the entire facility.

On January 3, 1974 a fire broke out at the Starkist Tuna Cannery in Fish Harbor San Pedro, CA nearly destroying the entire facility.

On January 3, 1974 a fire broke out at the Starkist Tuna Cannery in Fish Harbor San Pedro, CA nearly destroying the entire facility.

On January 3, 1974 a fire broke out at the Starkist Tuna Cannery in Fish Harbor San Pedro, CA nearly destroying the entire facility.

Fish stickers adorn a ramp at an abandoned gas station in Alberta between Canmore and Calgary.

 

www.chrisluckhardt.com

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