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 Collection Sort descending Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation
Don Bevelander Long Island Traditions

Mr. Bevelander, a bayman on the Great South Bay, speaks about his experiences working the bay with his family. He also states that pollution is destroying the quality of the bay.

Steve Warrick Sayville, NY Long Island Traditions
Lenny Nilson Long Island Traditions

Mr. Nilson speaks about his varied experiences in the fishing industry, both as a fisherman and at a shoreside business.  He also speaks about learning about fishing from older fishermen, his family, and other families.

Steve Warrick Islip, NY Long Island Traditions
Cory Weyant Long Island Traditions

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
Charles Brower Long Island Traditions

Mr. Brower comes from a long line of baymen.  He speaks about his experiences in the fishing industry.

Nancy Solomon Baldwin, NY Long Island Traditions
Lowell Ockers Long Island Traditions

Mr. Ockers was interviewed twice, July 6, 2000, and February 3, 2004.  The 2000 interview focuses on Mr. Ockers' technique and the catch.  He also speaks about the differences between his father and him.  The 2004 interview focuses on different people Mr. Ockers' knows and their businesses that support the industry.

Steve Warrick West Sayville, NY Long Island Traditions
Cory Weyant Long Island Traditions

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
Jerry Collins Long Island Traditions

Mr. Collins a life long clammer, speaks about his experiences in the industry.

Steve Warrick West Sayville, NY Long Island Traditions
Lowell Ockers Long Island Traditions

Mr. Ockers was interviewed twice, July 6, 2000, and February 3, 2004.  The 2000 interview focuses on Mr. Ockers' technique and the catch.  He also speaks about the differences between his father and him.  The 2004 interview focuses on different people Mr. Ockers' knows and their businesses that support the industry. 

Nancy Solomon West Sayville, NY Long Island Traditions
Tony Sougstad Long Island Traditions

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
George Combs, Jr. Long Island Traditions

Mr. Combs comes from a long line of baymen. He speaks about being a captain, shipbuilding, and other experiences in the fishing industry.

Nancy Solomon Amityville, NY Long Island Traditions