The Shad Shack
was a working commerical fishing operation until the 1970s and based along the Connecticut River, which was fished along with Long Island Sound and various river tributaries |
The building in the picture was where the fish caught were brought to be weighed, cleaned, cut, iced and packed. A conveyor belt was used to haul the ice-packed crates up to the highway for transport to one of several Fulton Street fishmarkets in New York City | the image on the right is but one of several packing labels for
competing shops, a number of them indicating the fish was "packed exclusively for..."
The rusted shell of the conveyor belt remains on the property as a large sculptural element | While the structure is quite visible from the river, and although it is literally only 12 feet away from a major state road the structure remains otherwise quite invisible | In the 1980s it was sold and converted into a river cottage for recreational purposes. The above photo is from that period. Resold in the middle 1990s, it remained dormant until this year, and now seems to be getting revitalized.