Butchering Salmon, Canning Factory, Astoria, Oregon

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One of the easiest ways of catching salmon is by a fish wheel fastened to a boat. These fish wheels are large, sometimes 30 or 40 feet in diameter, and have wire netting pockets in them. The force of the stream keeps turning the wheel. A fish runs into the pocket, the wheel turns over and throws him into the boat. This view shows what happens to the salmon after they are caught. This is one of the rooms of a great canning factory on the Columbia River. It takes many of these factories to prepare the salmon that are caught each season in these waters. You will note that these butchers are Chinamen. Most of the butchering in these canning factories is done by Chinamen. In fact it is for this work that many of them come to our country. They not only seem to like this work, but they are especially fitted to do it. They handle the knives quickly, and scarcely ever make a wrong stroke. All day long these men stand doing the same kind of work. One does nothing but cut off heads, tails, and fins. Then he passes the fish on to another man who rips it open and takes out the insides. The next man scrapes off the scales. And so the salmon go all the way down these long rows of tables until they are dressed, washed, and sliced. Then they are put into cans and are shipped to all parts of the world. Most of the salmon used in the world come from rivers of the north Pacific. The waters of northwestern Europe, New England and Canada also furnish some salmon. It is estimated that salmon production of the Pacific Coast in 1915 amounted to 6,516,211 cases, of 48 pounds each. Astoria and Bellingham are two of the chief centers of the salmon industry. Keystone ID: 13625 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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