Saturday, September 29, 2007

Golden Crab



It was interesting today seeing the differences between the brown and red king crabs. Our off-loading system is really pretty efficient compared to some on the island - there are a couple guys down in the hold of the ship loading the brailers and separating any crab that are dead (boats don't get paid for any dead crab). The crane operator swings the brailer over to a large stainless steel inclined ramp which opens directly into the plant where the crabs are grabbed by the waiting processing crew and butchered, cooked, chilled, glazed and packed. The photos above show F/V Aleutian No. 1, the unloader pulling the release on the brailer of crab, and the waiting processing crew grabbing the crab, butchering them, and handing the legs down the line for the next step.

I start my new job in the Engineering department Monday so I'll be hanging up my rain gear and joining the white collar ranks. I've never worked with a finer bunch of coworkers than the ones on the line with me the last three months - Haime, Boy, Phillip, Edde, and Chayo - I'll miss you guys and will be back to visit. Cheers . . . . .

5 comments:

Jennifer McKenzie said...

Well, I hope you enjoy your new job! An Engineer? Very cool.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your new job, Daddy Tompkins!

love and miss you,
megan

AlaskaSteve said...

Not a engineer, just inventory control in engineering . . . think more like ship engineers with wrenches and greasy faces, not geeks! Not many geek engineers on Unalaska . . .

Love and miss you too Megan, I got the video of Aubrey today - I can hardly believe how she is whizzing around! How are the college classes? Hugs - Dad

Zack said...

Looks like a dangerous job just having all those crab rush in at you when they are unloaded into the plant. Pretty efficient it looks like though.

AlaskaSteve said...

The crab are not the least bit interested in causing trouble after being crammed in the ship's hold for days. They don't have too long to misbehave anyways - the guys standing in that window grab a crab, turn around, and slide it on the butcher rod that kills it instantly.