Fisherman’s Fanny Pack

Description
Machinery noise on the fish deck can be deafening, and voices can get lost, no matter how loud. To make sure a message gets communicated and received, the deckhands carry radio microphones, and the fanny pack is the preferred way of keeping the instrument at hand but protected from water, dirt, and slime.
This black nylon fanny pack was worn by a deckhand working aboard the catcher-processor Alaska Ocean in the summer of 2007. He used the radio, along with a microphone clipped to his life vest for communicating with the wheelhouse and other deckhands.
The Alaska Ocean is a 376-foot-long vessel in the Seattle-based catcher-processor fleet. Workers catch, process, package, and freeze groundfish—mostly pollock and Pacific whiting—in the Bering Sea and in the waters off the coast of the Pacific Northwest.
Object Name
fanny pack
date made
ca 2007
maker
REI
Physical Description
nylon (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 7 in x 40 in x 2 in; 17.78 cm x 101.6 cm x 5.08 cm
ID Number
2007.0178.04
catalog number
2007.0178.04
accession number
2007.0178
subject
Fishing
Work
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Clothing & Accessories
Fishing
event
Contemporary United States
See more items in
Work and Industry: Maritime
Exhibition
On the Water
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Alaska Ocean through Jeff Hendricks
Publication title
On the Water online exhibition
Publication URL
http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater

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