Fisherman’s Work Gloves

Deckhands who work aboard factory trawlers in the Bering Sea and North Pacific are exposed to extremely cold, wet, and sometimes dangerous conditions. They wear protective gear such as hard hats, boots, and waterproof clothing, including heavy-duty vinyl work gloves.
These gloves, worn by a fisherman on the catcher-processor Alaska Ocean in 2007, are personalized with a phrase chosen by their owner, a common practice employed for identifying one’s own gear at a moment’s notice. The words “FISH ON ROCK,” appearing on both gloves, were this man's personal choice, their exact meaning known only to him.
While the sleeves of these gloves are long for tucking in the sleeves of other garments, the deck hands often fold the glove sleeves to fit around their wrists when working in relatively warm, dry conditions.
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
date made
ca 2007
Showa Co.
Physical Description
polyvinyl chloride (overall material)
overall: 11 1/4 in x 6 1/4 in x 1 3/4 in; 28.575 cm x 15.875 cm x 4.445 cm
Place Made
place made
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
related event
Contemporary United States
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Industry & Manufacturing
Clothing & Accessories
Natural Resources
On the Water
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Alaska Ocean through Jeff Hendricks
Related Publication
On the Water online exhibition
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