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Lobstering: A Friendship Tradition

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    Principal Investigator:
    Sally Merrick, Gaylea Hynd
Interviewee Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation Collection
Wayne Havener

Wayne Havener was born on November 17, 1929, and has always lived in Friendship.  His family has lived in Friendship for three generations, and he has three children and six grandchildren.  He served in the Coast Guard for three years and has been a
lobsterman for 54 years.  His hobbies are reading and watching baseball games.  He discusses his boat, trap setting and hauling, and how lobstering has changed over the years.  He also describes a near-death experience while lobstering.

Douglas Friendship, ME Friendship Museum , Friendship Village School Lobstering: A Friendship Tradition
Harley Wallace

Harley Wallace was born on May 21, 1951, and has lived in Friendship, Maine all of his life.  His family has lived here for four generations.  He has two children and one grandchild.  Harley Wallace began lobstering when he was six years old and has been lobstering for 46 years, following a family tradition of four generations.  He has performed just about every laboring job except raking blueberries and digging potatoes. His hobbies include hunting and fishing.  In his interview he describes his boat, equipment, traps, toggles, etc. and the typical daily routine of a lobster fisherman.

Suzanne, Kristy Friendship, ME Friendship Museum , Friendship Village School Lobstering: A Friendship Tradition
Bernard and Marie Wallace

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.

Steven, Shawn Friendship, ME Friendship Museum , Friendship Village School Lobstering: A Friendship Tradition
Henry Thompson

Henry Thompson was born on October 7, 1947, and has lived in Friendship all of his life.  His family has lived here for three generations.  He has two children and eight grandchildren.  Henry Thompson was a lobster buyer for 30 years and at the time of the interview has been lobstering for 10 years.  His hobby is metal detecting.  The interview focuses on his years as a lobster fisherman.  He describes his boat, gear, traps, and the day-to-day routine of lobstering.  He also discusses some of the problems he has encountered while lobstering.

Caleb Friendship, ME Friendship Museum , Friendship Village School Lobstering: A Friendship Tradition
Caleb T.

Caleb, a sixth-grader, has been lobstering for three years. He gives a detailed description of his boat, his gear, and everything he has to do when he goes fishing for lobsters on the coast of Maine.

Brandon Friendship, ME Friendship Museum , Friendship Village School Lobstering: A Friendship Tradition
Stan Simmons

Stan Simmons was born on February 6, 1917.  Now deceased, Stan Simmons was a lobster fisherman for 65 years.  When he was 11 years old, he moved to Friendship from Bremen, Long Island.  He has one adopted child and three grandchildren.  He was a lobsterman for 65 years.  In addition, he was a pilot and spotted fish for purse and stop seiners for seven or eight years.  When he was asked what else he did, he replied, “You name it--everything but deliver babies.”  He served in the Navy for two stints during World War II in the Pacific, where he delivered guerilla fighters to Japanese Islands,

Randall Friendship, ME Friendship Museum , Friendship Village School Lobstering: A Friendship Tradition
Ronald Simmons

Ronnie Simmons was born on August 19, 1948, and has always lived in Friendship.  His special interests include hunting, riding his Harley, and seeing his three grandchildren.  Simmons owns Simmons Lobster Wharf in Friendship, Maine, and has been in business since 1971. He buys lobsters from about 20 local fisherman and then resells them. Her describes a typical work day and the changes in the industry over the years. 

Carl Friendship, ME Friendship Museum , Friendship Village School Lobstering: A Friendship Tradition
Gilbert Simmons

Gilbert Simmons was born on November 25, 1949, and has always lived in Friendship.  He is a lobster fisherman who builds lobster fishing boats in he off-season.  He began building boats in 1984.  He completes two or three boats from December to June.  He buys the fiberglass hulls from suppliers along the Maine coast and completes and outfits them. He describes the process and discusses changes in the industry over 20 years.  He and his wife Sharon have two children, Jason and Ellen, and one grandchild.  When he is not working, he enjoys hunting and playing.

Carl Friendship, ME Friendship Museum , Friendship Village School Lobstering: A Friendship Tradition
Carl Simmons

Carl Simmons is the oldest active lobster fisherman in Friendship, and was still lobstering six years after this interview.  He quit school when he was 15 and has been lobstering ever since. When a fire caused significant damage in 2003, he borrowed a boat and continued lobstering all that summer.  He has been lobstering for 65 years.  In addition to fishing, he has been a carpenter and enjoys hunting as a hobby.  He has three children and six grandchildren.  In his interview he discusses his long life as a lobsterman.

John , Cameo Friendship, ME Friendship Museum , Friendship Village School Lobstering: A Friendship Tradition
Alfred Simmons

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.

Kristy, Suzanne Friendship, ME Friendship Museum , Friendship Village School Lobstering: A Friendship Tradition