They had tables. There were usually two to a table, one on each side and they had two belts. Like right here. You stand like this then you had two belts. One was the can belt and one was the fish belt. You pulled the fish out onto the table like this. Then you picked the cans off whatever you wanted them and cut them and put them in. Then you had a hole right here where the chum went down and that had a belt. That went right out into the what they called the tank room. So, you had actually three belts, can belt chum belt, fish belt. Then when you got that done you just pulled some more fish. That was some good times.
Arlene Hartford packed sardines at the Stinson Cannery in Prospect Harbor, ME.
July 31, 2011
Interviewer: Keith Ludden
Recommended citation: Hartford, Keith and Arlene, Oral History Interview, July 31, 2011 by Keith Ludden, Page #, Oral History and Folklife Research. Online: https://www.oralhistoryandfolklife.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Hartford-transcript.pdf
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