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Interviewee Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation Collection
Albert Simmons

Albert Simmons was born on February 17, 1938, and his family has lived in Friendship, Maine for three generations. He and his wife Peggy have two children and four grandchildren.

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Virgil Richards

Virgil Richards was born on May 22, 1936, in Waldoboro.  He has lived in Friendship since 1940, and his family has lived here for four generations.  He has five siblings, three children, and three grandchildren.  Virgil Richards began lobstering after he got out of the Navy in 1962.  He has been a lobsterman for 42 years, and his grandchildren are his special interest. He describes his boat and equipment, his traps and how he sets and hauls them, how the industry has changed over the years, and memorable experiences.

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James Richards

Jimmy Richards was born on October 16, 1965, and has always lived in Friendship.  He has two sisters, one brother, and two children.  His hobbies include hunting, fishing, coin detecting, and Little League.  James Richards has been a lobsterman for over 30 years and has also done ground fishing and scalloping. In this interview he describes his boat, equipment, traps, bait, and the process of hauling lobsters. He also includes a few memorable experiences.

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Suzanne R.

Suzanne lobsters with her mother twice a week during the summer. She describes what she does what she does on a typical day when she goes lobstering.

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Jimmy R.

Jimmy has been lobstering with his father or grandfather since he was five or six years old. He discuses where and when they lobster, what gear they need, and how they lobster along the coast of Maine.

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Dillon R.

Dillon has had a junior lobster license since he was six years old but didn't go out by himself until he was nine or ten. As a six-grader, he fishes in an 18-foot boat and sets 100-150 traps. In his interview he describes his gear and what he does when he goes lobstering.

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David Neubig

David Neubig was born on March 29, 1965, and has one brother.  His family has lived in Friendship for five generations.  David Neubig began lobstering in 1981 at the age of 15.  He has lobstered for 22 years.  His other jobs have included being a brick mason, wood cutting, and clamming.  His hobbies include hunting, car racing, bowling, and snowmobiling.  He discusses the differences between lobstering then and 22 years later.  He describes his boat, equipment, traps, and fishing grounds during the summer and fall.

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John Neubig

Johnny Neubig was born on September 18, 1939, and has always lived in Friendship.  His family has lived here for two generations, and he has one sister, two sons, and one grandson.  Now disabled, he was a lobsterman for 31 years, from 1954 until 1985.  He was also a mason and served in the Navy for two years.  His hobbies are stamp collecting, hunting, and making models of boats from scratch.  In the picture, Johnny is knitting a head for a trap.  In this interview he describes his life as a lobsterman and how the equipment has changed over the years.

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Gordon Murphy

Gordon Murphy was born on November 23, 1931, and has always lived in Friendship.  His family has lived here for at least five generations. He has four children and seven grandchildren.  Now retired, he was a lobster fisherman from the time he was in the
seventh grade.  The focus of his life is his love of the Lord and his church.  Gordon Murphy's family has lived in Friendship for at least five generations.  He describes his boat, gear, bait, and the process of setting traps and hauling lobsters.

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William McKusic

William McKusic was born on September 21, 1971, and moved to Friendship from Rockland, ME ten years ago.  He has three children. Bill has been lobstering for 20 years as a sternman.  Other jobs include plumbing and carpentry.

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