Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site of Canada
The Sliming Table
The sliming table is one of many steps needed to get salmon into a sealed, ready to eat, can© Parks Canada
Here at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, we have a canning line that reflects the time period between 1930 and 1950. This table, with water taps and butchered salmon on it, is known as the "sliming table". It is an appropriate name because the job at hand was to remove slime.
from the fish. The sliming table is one of many steps needed to get salmon into a sealed, ready to eat, can. When you visit the Cannery you will be surprised to see the variety of old machinery that we have on display!
Many different women, who came from many different backgrounds, found work at the sliming tables. Their job was to clean the blood and guts from the butchered salmon. It takes a special kind of person to wash guts off of fish all day, considering the length of each shift was twelve hours!
Well, someone has to do this job... I suppose.