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

Portuguese-American Fishermen in New Bedford

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    Principal Investigator:
    Maria Gloria De Sa
  • Collection of fifteen 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.

Interviewee Collection Sort descending Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation
John Santos Portuguese-American Fishermen in New Bedford

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
João Ferreira Testa Portuguese-American Fishermen in New Bedford

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
Manuel Silva Vinagre Portuguese-American Fishermen in New Bedford

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
Luis Fidalgo Bilhano Portuguese-American Fishermen in New Bedford

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. Bilhano talks about his life prior to coming to the U.S., including fishing, social and religious traditions. He also relates what brought him to the U.S.

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

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 Antonio Borges talks about his long experience as a fisherman in Portugal and the U.S., including fishing techniques used in cod fishing in the Grand Banks, where he had to help sew a shroud to "bury" a co-worker who died at sea. He also describes social and cultural traditions in his native village as well New Bedford, including extensive views on religion.

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

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 Catulo talks about his life in Portugal, including his experience aboard a freighter and living under the Salazar dictatorship. He also describes how he came to the U.S., his experience as a fisherman and boat owner and his hobby making boat models. In addition, he provides information on social and cultural practices among Portuguese fishing families in New Bedford

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

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. Jose Fangueiro was the son of a fisherman. His mother was a fish buyer and salter. He was born 200 feet from the beach in Northern Portugal. At age 14 he went fishing. In 1974 he immigrated to New Bedford, Massachusetts to join relatives.

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

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
Diamantino Fidalgo Portuguese-American Fishermen in New Bedford

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
Jose A. Lima Portuguese-American Fishermen in New Bedford

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