Long Island Traditions | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Long Island Traditions

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    Principal Investigator:
    Nancy Solomon
  • Folklorist Nancy Solomon has documented the maritime culture of Long Island through these interviews spanning the years 1987 – 2016. The collection includes baymen, fishermen, boat builders and other maritime tradition bearers.   

Interviewee Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation Collection
Tom Jefferies

Interview with Tom Jefferies

Nancy Solomon Freeport, NY Long Island Traditions Long Island Traditions
Tom Jefferies

Interview with Tom Jefferies

Nancy Solomon Freeport, NY Long Island Traditions Long Island Traditions
Joe Scavone

Interview with Joe Scavone

Nancy Solomon Freeport, NY Long Island Traditions Long Island Traditions
Tony Sougstad

Tony Sougstad is a commercial trawler fisherman from Freeport, New York.  He learned from traditional Italian and European fishers during the 1960's and 1970's.  In this interview, he talks about the various methods and species he harvests, his experiences and his hopes for the future.

Nancy Solomon Freeport, NY Long Island Traditions Long Island Traditions
Tony Sougstad

Tony Sougstad is a commercial trawler fisherman from Freeport, New York.  He learned from traditional Italian and European fishers during the 1960's and 1970's.  In this interview, he talks about the various methods and species he harvests, his experiences and his hopes for the future.

Nancy Solomon Freeport, NY Long Island Traditions Long Island Traditions
Cory Weyant

Bayman Cory Weyant of Freeport discusses how the commercial fishing industry has changed in Freeport during his life. He discusses changes in fishing species, economic changes during his life, and how he has survived as a commercial fisherman.

Nancy Solomon Freeport, NY Long Island Traditions Long Island Traditions
Cory Weyant

Cory Weyant is a full time commercial fisher from Freeport, NY. He traps eels, killies, crabs and other finfish using traps he has built himself. He also works on trawler fishing boats. Cory grew up in Freeport and learned his skills through the community.

Nancy Solomon Freeport, NY Long Island Traditions Long Island Traditions
Rick Verity

Mr. Verity speaks about the variety of species he catches during each season, and other experiences in the industry.

Nancy Solomon Lindenhurst, NY Long Island Traditions Long Island Traditions
Myron "Mike" Van Essendelft

Mike Van Essendelft speaks about his Dutch heritage and growing up in a dutch community surrounding the fishing industry.

Steve Warrick Oakdale, NY Long Island Traditions Long Island Traditions
Myron "Mike" and Helen Van Essendelft

Mike and Helen Van Essendelft live in Oakdale, New York.  The interview focuses on their experiences in the fishing industry, particularly clams, and Mike's Dutch heritage.

Nancy Solomon Oakdale, NY Long Island Traditions Long Island Traditions

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