The Gulf of Georgia Cannery in the village of Steveston, BC (outside Vancouver) was a working cannery from 1894 to 1979 canning salmon, and transforming herring into all products from oil to fertilizer. The site is now a National Historic Site of Canada. We got the cook’s tour from the General Manager. Most of the photos are of bizarre machinery invented specifically for the fish canning business. These machines were dangerous with many open moving parts. If you got hurt, it was your fault. Thousands of Chinese and Japanese workers packaged millions of cans of fish and fish byproducts over the years creating economic development for the Vancouver area.
This machine is called the “Iron Chink.” After it’s invention, it took the place of nineteen workers on the fish cutting line. This machine could de-head, gut, filet, and process a fish in one rotary maneuver.