Microphone

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. While the radio itself is carried in a fanny pack, the microphone is clipped to the deck hand’s clothing so he can speak directly into it.
This microphone was worn clipped to the life vest of a deckhand working aboard the catcher-processor Alaska Ocean in the summer of 2007. He used it 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.
date made
ca 2007
maker
Motorola
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in x 25 1/2 in; 3.81 cm x 6.35 cm x 64.77 cm
ID Number
2007.0178.05
catalog number
2007.0178.05
accession number
2007.0178
Credit Line
Alaska Ocean through Jeff Hendricks
subject
Fishing
National Guard
Fishing
related event
Contemporary United States
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Work
Industry & Manufacturing
Communications
Exhibition
On the Water
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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