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Finding Friendship Oral History Project

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    Principal Investigator:
    Sally Merrick, Gaylea Hynd
  • 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.

Interviewee Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation Collection
Joshua M.

Joshua, a six-grader, has been lobstering with his dad since he was four years old. In his interview he presents a comprehensive picture of fishing for lobsters on the coast of Maine.

Randall Friendship, ME Friendship Museum , Friendship Village School Finding Friendship Oral History Project
Winfield Lash

Winnie Lash was born on July 5, 1918, and has lived in Friendship nearly all of his life. He and his wife Barbara have been married for 63 years and have seven children, 17 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. After working at the Camden Shipbuilding Company and Bath Ironworks, he worked at the W. S. Carter Boat Yard, which was owned by his uncle, Scott Carter. When his uncle died in 1946, he and Charles Sylvester bought the yard. Two years later, Sylvester sold his share to Winnie’s brother Douglas, and the yard became known as Lash Brothers.

Shawn, Steven Friendship, ME Friendship Museum , Friendship Village School Finding Friendship Oral History Project
Wesley Lash

Wesley Lash was born on August 4, 1945, and has lived in Friendship for 60 years, where he and his wife Cynthia have raised three sons--Wesley, Sean, and David.  He has two grandchildren.  While he claims his occupation is making fiberglass dust, he is

Brandon, Cooper Friendship, ME Friendship Museum , Friendship Village School Finding Friendship Oral History Project
Sam Lash

Sam Lash was born on September 4, 1986.  He has always lived in Friendship, and his family has been here for at least four generations.  He has two brothers.  He has been a lobsterman for about five years and enjoys hunting and fishing.  He has been lobstering for five years.  He describes his boat and equipment and the process of lobstering.

Brandon Friendship, ME Friendship Museum , Friendship Village School Finding Friendship Oral History Project
Andrew Havener

Andrew Havener was born on September 30, 1979, and has lived in Friendship all of his life. His family has lived here for at least five generations. He is married and has one brother and one sister. Andrew has been a lobsterman for twelve years and enjoys playing baseball and basketball. Havener is a fourth-generation lobsterman and began lobstering when he was 13 years old in his skiff. He bought a lobster boat when he was 22, after he got out of college.He uses his great-grandfather's buoy color and trap number.

Douglas Friendship, ME Friendship Museum , Friendship Village School Finding Friendship Oral History Project
Philip Genthner, Sr.

Philip Genthner, Sr., was born on July 1, 1961, and has lived in Friendship all of his life.  His two sons, ages 12 and 16, are both active lobstermen.  He has two brothers and two sisters, and his family has lived in Friendship for two generations. Philip has been a lobsterman for 30 years. He is a wrestling coach and enjoys watching NASCAR racing. His younger son Steven conducted the interview.  Genthner began lobstering when he was eight or nine years old and has been a lobsterman for nearly 40 years. His sister is his sternman, and both of his sons lobster.

Steven Genthner Friendship, ME Friendship Museum , Friendship Village School Finding Friendship Oral History Project
Philip Genthner Jr.

Philip Genthner was born in Friendship on February 13, 1988, and has lived here all of his life.  His family has lived here for three generations.  Philip is a junior at Medomak Valley High School, where he is on the baseball and wrestling teams.  He owns his own lobster boat, and his younger brother, Steven, who is his sternman, conducted this interview. Philip began lobstering when he was eight years old and owned his own boat when he was a junior in high school. He describes his boat and gear, the process of lobstering, problems experienced at sea, and his most memorable experience.

Steven Genthner Friendship, ME Friendship Museum , Friendship Village School Finding Friendship Oral History Project
Steven G.

Steven lobsters with his older brother, a junior in high school who owns his own lobster boat. He discusses his job as sternman and all of the details of lobstering on the coast of Maine.

Jimmy Friendship, ME Friendship Museum , Friendship Village School Finding Friendship Oral History Project
Phil Bramhall

Phil Bramhall was born on November 6, 1959, and has lived in Friendship all of his life.  His family has lived here for four generations.  He has two children.  Phil has been a lobsterman for 34 years and a fire fighter for 28 years.  He is the Fire Chief at the present time.  He does carpentry and enjoys hunting, camping, and traveling.  Phil Bramhall has lobstered for 40 years. In his interview he describes his boat, trap setting and hauling, changes in lobstering, and memorable experiences, both good and bad.

Brandon Friendship, ME Friendship Museum , Friendship Village School Finding Friendship Oral History Project
Pike Bartlett

Pike Bartlett was born on February 3, 1951, and moved to Friendship from Massachusetts in 1973. He has two children, one of whom conducted this interview. He is president and owner of the Friendship Trap Company, which he started in 1977. His hobbies and special interests include skiing, sailing, motorcycling, and his children.  In this interview, Pike Bartlett discusses the Friendship Trap Company which he started in 1977. He talks about the advantages of wire over wooden traps, recent innovations in trap making, trap limits, and the future of the industry.

John Bartlett Friendship, ME Friendship Museum , Friendship Village School Finding Friendship Oral History Project

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