People

A is for Aboriginal Fishing

An Aboriginal family relocates to a cannery town on Nootka Island for the summer, ca. 1920-1940. Find out why by visiting “C is for…The Cannery A-Z”. Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society Archives, G2001.009.170B.

B is for Bunkhouse

Hazel, Esther and Marg pose for the camera on the steps of No. 51 cannery house in Steveston, ca. late 1940s. Not all bunkhouses were as well maintained! Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society Archives, G2009.028.005.

E is for E.A. Smith

A Chinese cannery worker slices the heads off salmon before they are fed into the E.A. Smith butchering machine. This worker was one of the lucky few to keep his job when the machine revolutionized the canning line. Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society Archives, CFC-3-21-9.

J is for John Sullivan Deas

An old boiler retires at the Deas Island Regional Park. Now a prime photo op, in its heyday it may have served to power the machines at the bustling Deas Island Cannery. Photo by Stephen Rees.

K is for Knives

“Alma” gets ready to clean fish at Smiths Inlet, BC ca.1929-1932. What might she need a knife for? Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society Archives, G2010.027.078.

L is for Lead Solder

Vacuum sealing machines were introduced into canneries to replace the dangerous and time-consuming practice that preceded it – a relief to cannery workers and consumers alike! Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society Archives, G2010.027.026.

M is for Mail Order Brides

The Murakami family house, as it stands on display today at the Britannia Heritage Shipyard, Steveston. Its original inhabitants were brought together through an unconventional form of matchmaking.

U is for Unions

United in their protest and their fun fashion sense, two ladies support the workers’ strike at the Queen Charlotte Cannery in New Masset, BC ca. mid-1950s. Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society Archives, 2000.001.003.010.

V is for Valentine

Was there more than fish in the air? Canneries were known to attract young, single workers which could lead to all sorts of fun, as seen here at Namu, BC in the mid-1950s. Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society Archives, 2000.001.003.128.

W is for World War II

A prime example of wartime re-purposing in BC: a young sailor poses next to one of the two torpedoes installed on this former cannery tender turned anti-submarine boat. Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society Archives, 1997.058.003.