Factory Processor’s Gloves

Despite automation of basic fish processing functions like gutting and filleting, there is still a lot of handwork to be done aboard a factory trawler like the Alaska Ocean. And work around cold water, fresh fish, and heavy machinery means that gloves are a crucial part of a factory worker’s outfit.
These heavy vinyl gloves were worn by a female fish processor during the summer fishing season in 2007. An estimated 1200 to 1400 pairs of these gloves were being used, cleaned, and reused aboard the Alaska Ocean in 2007.
In addition to these heavy work gloves, the onboard laundry operation oversaw the distribution of 5,000 pairs of lighter rubber gloves, 800 pairs of cotton gloves, and 1200 pairs of wool gloves. The crew working in the freezer hold, known as the “pain cave,” wore thick, insulated gloves, and lab workers used disposable gloves when conducting tests on products for quality control.
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Physical Description
synthetic rubber (overall material)
overall: 11 3/4 in x 5 in x 1 1/2 in; 29.845 cm x 12.7 cm x 3.81 cm
Associated Place
United States: Alaska
North Pacific Ocean
Bering Sea
United States: Pacific Coast
United States: Washington
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Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Clothing & Accessories
On the Water exhibit
Contemporary United States
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Work and Industry: Maritime
On the Water exhibit
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
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