Radio 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.
Object Name
microphone
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
subject
Work
Fishing
Industry & Manufacturing
National Guard
Communications
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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