What Am I? The Cleaning Station!

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We have given you lots of time to try and figure out this messy mystery, but the time has finally come to reveal our mystery item: it’s the cleaning station, also known as the “sliming tables”! You can probably see why this station earned that moniker, as it is one of the grimiest places . . . → Read More: What Am I? The Cleaning Station!

What Am I? A Tierce and Salt

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We’ve given you an extra couple of weeks to think this one over… here are the answers to our last mystery photos — they were: salt and a tierce for curing salmon! A tierce is a wooden barrel of a standard size, once used for shipping products like salted salmon. Canning wasn’t the only . . . → Read More: What Am I? A Tierce and Salt

What Am I? The Iron Butcher!

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After a short hiatus for spring break, the answer to the previous mystery is: the Iron Butcher! So what did this death-defying steampunk-esque machine of grinding gears and spinning blades do? It removed the parts of the salmon that you don’t (usually) want to munch on – the guts, fins, tail, and head. The . . . → Read More: What Am I? The Iron Butcher!

What Am I? A Peugh

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The answer to last week’s mystery “What Am I” : It’s a peugh! What is a peugh you ask? As pictured, a peugh is a long wooden tool with a sharp, pointed metal end. Ours at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery has been dulled and rounded so that no one peughs themselves! The name . . . → Read More: What Am I? A Peugh

What am I? Answer: A Coho!

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The answer to last week’s mystery “What am I?”: It’s a Coho Salmon! Want to know how to tell this species of salmon apart from all the others? Well for starters, the Coho’s tongue is black, and its gums are white. If you’re not able to get a good look inside this fish’s mouth, . . . → Read More: What am I? Answer: A Coho!

What am I? Answer: A Retort!

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And the answer to last week’s “What am I” mystery item: It’s a retort! What was a retort used for? During the cannery’s operational days, the retort cooked the raw salmon in the cans. This steam-powered pressure-cooker would kill all bacteria and other organisms in the fish, ensuring that it could be safely eaten. . . . → Read More: What am I? Answer: A Retort!

What am I? New Blog Series

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Welcome to our latest blog series: “What am I?” ! Every week we will be posting a close-up shot of a mystery item from the Cannery. Over the week, it’s your job to mull it over, figure it out and post your guesses in the “Comments” section below. Then, the following week, all will be . . . → Read More: What am I? New Blog Series