Fanny Pack


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, and the fanny pack is the preferred way of keeping the instrument at hand but protected from water, dirt, and slime.

This black nylon fanny pack was worn by a deckhand working aboard the catcher-processor Alaska Ocean in the summer of 2007. He used the radio, along with a microphone clipped to his life vest 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: REI

Subject: FishingFishingRelated Event: Contemporary United States


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Exhibition: On the Water

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

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Related Publication: On the Water online exhibition

Credit Line: Alaska Ocean through Jeff Hendricks

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2007.0178.04Catalog Number: 2007.0178.04Accession Number: 2007.0178

Object Name: fanny pack

Physical Description: nylon (overall material)Measurements: overall: 7 in x 40 in x 2 in; 17.78 cm x 101.6 cm x 5.08 cm


Record Id: nmah_1330184

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