Sweatpants

Description
Working on a factory trawler like the Alaska Ocean means living at sea for weeks at a time. The vessel fishes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and everyone aboard works a 12-hour shift. Although at 376 feet the vessel is huge, it is still a confined space with little variation in routines. People relax by working out in the gym, having a snack in the galley, or by watching movies (DVDs) in the large lounge, where a dozen recliners are arranged in a loose semicircle. The staterooms also have television sets and in early June when the boat is typically fishing in the North Pacific off the coast of Washington State, many of the sets are tuned in to Seattle Mariners’ baseball games.
Fishing boat attire runs toward jeans and T-shirts, but sweatpants and shirts are also worn. Sweatpants decorated with the words ALASKA OCEAN running up one leg were popular during the 2007 season. They were worn in leisure time as well as under coveralls during work hours. The pants were available, along with T-shirts, jackets, ball caps, and other attire, in the ship’s store.
Object Name
sweatpants
date made
2007
Associated Date
2007
maker
Jerzees
Physical Description
50% cotton/50% polyester nublend® fleece (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 41 in x 22 in x 1 in; 104.14 cm x 55.88 cm x 2.54 cm
place made
Mexico
Associated Place
United States: Pacific Coast
United States: Alaska
United States: Washington
North Pacific Ocean
Bering Sea
ID Number
2007.0178.12
catalog number
2007.0178.12
accession number
2007.0178
subject
Fishing
Work
Industry & Manufacturing
National Guard
Clothing & Accessories
On the Water exhibit
event
Contemporary United States
See more items in
Work and Industry: Maritime
On the Water exhibit
Exhibition
On the Water
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Alaska Ocean thru Jeff Hendricks
Publication title
On the Water online exhibition
Publication URL
http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater

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