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The Long Island Maritime Museum’s Baymen’s Oral History

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    Principal Investigator:
    Arlene Balcewicz
Interviewee Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation Collection
John Tucker, Part 4

The Tucker family, like so many of the West Sayville residents of Dutch heritage, earned their living on the Great South Bay or in the associated industries. In this series of interviews, John Tucker reminisces about working as a commercial fisherman, oystering and his life on the Great South Bay. His sister Mildred joins him in recounting what life was like growing up at the turn of the twentieth century.

John Kochiss West Sayville, NY Long Island Maritime Museum The Long Island Maritime Museum’s Baymen’s Oral History
John Tucker, Part 3

The Tucker family, like so many of the West Sayville residents of Dutch heritage, earned their living on the Great South Bay or in the associated industries. In this series of interviews, John Tucker reminisces about working as a commercial fisherman, oystering and his life on the Great South Bay. His sister Mildred joins him in recounting what life was like growing up at the turn of the twentieth century.

John Kochiss West Sayville, NY Long Island Maritime Museum The Long Island Maritime Museum’s Baymen’s Oral History
John Tucker, Part 2

The Tucker family, like so many of the West Sayville residents of Dutch heritage, earned their living on the Great South Bay or in the associated industries. In this series of interviews, John Tucker reminisces about working as a commercial fisherman, oystering and his life on the Great South Bay. His sister Mildred joins him in recounting what life was like growing up at the turn of the twentieth century.

John Kochiss West Sayville, NY Long Island Maritime Museum The Long Island Maritime Museum’s Baymen’s Oral History
John Tucker, Part 1

The Tucker family, like so many of the West Sayville residents of Dutch heritage, earned their living on the Great South Bay or in the associated industries. In this series of interviews, John Tucker reminisces about working as a commercial fisherman, oystering and his life on the Great South Bay. His sister Mildred joins him in recounting what life was like growing up at the turn of the twentieth century.

John Kochiss West Sayville, NY Long Island Maritime Museum The Long Island Maritime Museum’s Baymen’s Oral History
Ed Ockers

Edward (Ed) Ockers was born in and lived his entire life in West Sayville, earning his living as a commercial fisherman. Included in this interview: history of the Ockers family in West Sayville, creation of South Bay Fish Company, pound fishing in the Great South Bay, eeling, and gill net fishing.

John Kochiss West Sayville, NY Long Island Maritime Museum The Long Island Maritime Museum’s Baymen’s Oral History
Antje Nieuwenhuizen

Dutch immigration to Long Island, from a woman's point of view. Antje Nieuwenhuizen and her daughter, Grietje, reminisce about emmigrating from Ymuiden, on the northwest coast of the Netherlands, to West Sayville.

John Kochiss West Sayville, NY Long Island Maritime Museum The Long Island Maritime Museum’s Baymen’s Oral History
Carl Chichester

When LIMM Research Associate John Kochiss recorded this interview with Carl Chichester in November of 1979, Capt. Chichester was 89 years old. In these tapes he reminisces about a life lived on the Great South Bay. In addition to working as a commercial fisherman, for a variety of catches, Chichester also found employment as a guide for market hunters.
 

John Kochiss West Sayville, NY Long Island Maritime Museum The Long Island Maritime Museum’s Baymen’s Oral History
Walter Budd

Walter Budd, while in many ways a typical bayman, was also this and more. An independent spirit, he supported himself from the age of 15 through hard work and the ability to adapt to changing economic conditions. Sensing the end of an era he used his inherent charm, common sense and hard won knowledge to create a successful charter business from Long Island to Florida. A great raconteur, his interviews are not only enlightening but enjoyable, particularly his Ivory Snow commercial story.

John Kochiss West Sayville, NY Long Island Maritime Museum The Long Island Maritime Museum’s Baymen’s Oral History