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.

Date Made: 2007Worn: 2007

Associated Place: United States: AlaskaNorth PacificBering SeaUnited States: Pacific CoastUnited States: Washington

Subject: FishingRelated Event: Contemporary United States


See more items in: Work and Industry: Maritime, Clothing & Accessories, Work, Industry & Manufacturing, Natural Resources, On the Water exhibit

Exhibition: On the Water

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Related Web Publication: http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater

Related Publication: On the Water online exhibition

Credit Line: Alaska Ocean thru Jeff Hendricks

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2007.0178.16Catalog Number: 2007.0178.16Accession Number: 2007.0178

Object Name: gloves

Physical Description: synthetic rubber (overall material)Measurements: overall: 11 3/4 in x 5 in x 1 1/2 in; 29.845 cm x 12.7 cm x 3.81 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-3bb6-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1330197

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