On the Water

Radio Microphone

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. While the radio itself is carried in a fanny pack, the microphone is clipped to the deck hand’s clothing so he can speak directly into it.

This microphone was worn clipped to the life vest of a deckhand working aboard the catcher-processor Alaska Ocean in the summer of 2007. He used it 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.

ID Number:
ca 2007
1 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 25 1/2 in.; 3.81 x 6.35 x 64.77 cm
Alaska Ocean thru Jeff Hendricks