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.


922-Cannery2Canadian area.

922-Cannery17This 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.

922-Cannery8The label was taken off the other machine and is now in the National Museum of Canada.


922-Cannery16Cans stacked high.

922-Cannery15Early dory men.

922-Cannery14Net room.

922-Cannery13These tubes launched clowns into the next town every day at 3:00 PM.

922-Cannery12Centrifugal presses to remove water from the fish paste.

922-Cannery11Driers for fertilizer production.




922-Cannery7Fish cutting tables.

922-Cannery6This machine filled cans with salmon. The outline is where a person would be.

922-Cannery5This put a lid on the cans.

922-Cannery4This machine smashed people’s fingers and put them in cans.