Bernard and Marie Wallace
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.
Bernard Wallace was born on December 3, 1929. For 17 years he lived on Friendship, Long Island. He has two sons and four grandchildren. His father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were also lobstermen, as are his two sons. Now retired, he was a lobsterman for 60 years. In addition to describing his boat, gear, and the daily routine of a lobsterman, he also recounts a particularly harrowing experience when the boat went up on the rocks. For 17 years he and his wife lived on Friendship Long Island.
His wife, Marie, was born on November 9, 1932, and moved to Friendship from Gardiner, Maine. She has two sisters. At one time she worked at Hoods, and she considers her main occupation being a housewife. Her hobby is drawing. In the earlier and later years of lobstering, Marie acted as sternman for Bernard.
Steven, the interviewer, now lobsters with his brother on Bernard’s boat.
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