Alfred Simmons | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Alfred Simmons

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Location of Interview
Collection Name

Finding Friendship Oral History Project

The Finding Friendship Oral History Project is a joint effort of the Friendship Museum and the Friendship Village School, directed by Sally Merrick, museum volunteer, and Gaylea Hynd, teacher. In 2003-2004 sixth grade students conducted taped interviews of three generations of lobstermen and women, as well as others associated with the lobstering industry. Printed copies of the interviews and CDs of the printed transcripts are available at the Friendship Museum in Friendship, Maine.

principal investigator
Date of Interview
09-27-2003
Transcribers

Kristy
Suzanne
Peggy Simmons

Transcript
Biographical Sketch

Alfred “Buddy” Simmons was born on August 6, 1926, and lived in Friendship his entire life. He was a lobster fisherman for 65 years and was interviewed a few months before he died.  He passed away on February 9, 2004, and is survived by his wife Dorothy, five daughters, and 11 grandchildren. His only son died in a car accident when he was a teenager.  Buddy was a lobsterman for 65 years.  He also served in the Merchant Marine. He describes using wooden traps and glass toggles and how lobstering has changed over the years. He began lobstering with 25 traps and ended up setting 600 traps and keeping 150 traps ready to set in the fall off shore.


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