Portuguese-American Fishermen in New Bedford | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Portuguese-American Fishermen in New Bedford

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    Maria Gloria De Sa
Interviewee Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation Collection
Manuel Silva Vinagre

This is one of a set of 15 oral histories with Portuguese immigrant fishermen who worked out of the port of New Bedford. The project was sponsored by a NOAA Preserve America grant. In this interview, Mr. Vinagre talks about his life in Portugal prior to coming to the U.S., including his experience aboard the Portuguese cod-fishing boats, coming to the U.S. and his father's death at sea.

M. Gloria De Sa New Bedford, MA University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, NOAA, Preserve America Portuguese-American Fishermen in New Bedford
João Ferreira Testa

This is one of a set of 15 oral histories with Portuguese immigrant fishermen who worked out of the port of New Bedford. The project was sponsored by a NOAA Preserve America grant. In this interview Mr. Testa talks about his life prior to coming to the U.S., including fishing, social and religious traditions. Part of that description, includes his tuna-fishing experience in North Africa, and cod-fishing in the Grand Banks during the World War II. He also describes what brought him to the U.S.

M. Gloria De Sa New Bedford, MA University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, NOAA, Preserve America Portuguese-American Fishermen in New Bedford
John Santos

This is one of a set of 15 interviews with Portuguese immigrant fishermen, sponsored by a NOAA Preserve America grant.. In it Mr. Santos talks about how he came to the United States and got started as a fisherman as well as his experience at sea, social conditions among Portuguese fishermen in New Bedford and the economic and social forces that made him leave fishing.

M. Gloria De Sa New Bedford, MA University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, NOAA, Preserve America Portuguese-American Fishermen in New Bedford
Antonio Santos

This is one of a set of 15 oral histories with Portuguese immigrant fishermen who worked out of the port of New Bedford. The project was sponsored by a NOAA Preserve America grant. Maria Santos tells the story of her husband António Santos while he lies nearby, unable to tell his own story due to Alzheimer's disease. At times, their sons Mario and Joe Santos add details. António was born in 1929 in the fishing village of Gala, near the city of Figueira da Foz.

M. Gloria De Sa New Bedford, MA University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, NOAA, Preserve America Portuguese-American Fishermen in New Bedford
Manuel Pedro Pereira

This is one of a set of 15 oral histories with Portuguese immigrant fishermen who worked out of the port of New Bedford. The project was sponsored by a NOAA Preserve America grant. In this interview, Manuel Pedro Pereira talks extensively about his childhood his Portugal, his military service in Angola and his involvement with professional soccer prior to emigrating to the U.S. and becoming a fisherman.

M. Gloria De Sa New Bedford, MA University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, NOAA, Preserve America Portuguese-American Fishermen in New Bedford
António M. Palhais

This is one of a set of 15 oral histories with Portuguese immigrant fishermen who worked out of the port of New Bedford. The project was sponsored by a NOAA Preserve America grant. In this interview, Mr. Palhais talks about his life in a small fishing village in Portugal, how he came to the U.S. and his experience living and fishing in New Bedford. Included in his history is a very detailed description of fishing techniques in the mouth of the Mondego River in Figueira da Foz as well as salt-making techniques in the same area and in Angola.

M. Gloria De Sa New Bedford, MA University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, NOAA, Preserve America Portuguese-American Fishermen in New Bedford
Luis M. Moço

This is one of a set of 15 oral histories with Portuguese immigrant fishermen who worked out of the port of New Bedford. The project was sponsored by a NOAA Preserve America grant. In this interview Mr. Moço talks about his life in Portugal, including fishing and cultural traditions. He also describes routines aboard Portuguese fishing boats in the U.S. and the role of the union in the strikes of the 1980's as well as the impact of regulations in the livelihoods of those involved in the fishing industry.

M. Gloria De Sa New Bedford, MA University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, NOAA, Preserve America Portuguese-American Fishermen in New Bedford
Jose A. Lima

This is one of a set of 15 oral histories with Portuguese immigrant fishermen who worked out of the port of New Bedford. The project was sponsored by a NOAA Preserve America grant. In this interview Mr. Lima talks about his life prior to coming to the U.S., including fishing, social and religious traditions, migration, and how he joined the crew of a cod-fishing vessel in order to avoid serving in the Portuguese military. Included in his narrative is a description of what it was like to live under the Salazar dictatorship.

M. Gloria De Sa New Bedford, MA University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, NOAA, Preserve America Portuguese-American Fishermen in New Bedford
Diamantino Fidalgo

This is one of a set of 15 oral histories with Portuguese immigrant fishermen who worked out of the port of New Bedford. The project was sponsored by a NOAA Preserve America grant. In this interview, Mr. Fidalgo describes his life prior to coming to the U.S., including his experience as an independent fisherman/boat owner and the social, economic and cultural characteristics of his village. He relates what made him come to the U.S. and his experience in New Bedfford's fishing industry.

M. Gloria De Sa New Bedford, MA University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, NOAA, Preserve America Portuguese-American Fishermen in New Bedford
João Manuel Fernandes

This is one of a set of 15 oral histories with Portuguese immigrant fishermen who worked out of the port of New Bedford. The project was sponsored by a NOAA Preserve America grant. In this interview João Fernandes describes his childhood in Portugal as the son of a fisherman, his training to work in the same profession as his father and how he came to Louisiana to work in the shrimp fisheries with other Portuguese immigrants.

M. Gloria De Sa New Bedford, MA University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, NOAA, Preserve America Portuguese-American Fishermen in New Bedford