The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project

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    Principal Investigator:
    Laura Orleans, Kirsten Bendiksen
Interviewee Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation Collection
Larry Yacubian

With the sea in his blood, Larry knew his destiny was the ocean. Larry gives us the progression of a fisherman from a "shacker" to captain of his boat boat.

Markham Starr New Bedford, MA Working Waterfront Festival The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project
John Xifares

Judge Xifares served as a superior court judge until his retirement. Prior to his appointment, he was an attorney for fish lumpers, seafood workers and teamsters. He discusses history of unions from 1960's to 1980's. He discusses the loss/weakening of the unions and the impact on the industry.

Janice Gadaire Fleuriel New Bedford, MA Working Waterfront Festival The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project
Amanda Wright

Amanda Wright is a lobster sternman. She discusses her life and experiences in the industry

Janice Gadaire Fleuriel New Bedford, MA Working Waterfront Festival The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project
Ted Williams

Ted Williams talks about his life long involvement in the New Bedford fishing industry and on the waterfront as a fisherman, lumper, stevedore, fish cutter, tug boat captain, merchant mariner, and today as a safety trainer. He also discusses industry efforts to preserve the working waterfront from development and draws parallels between family farms and family-owned fishing boats.

Madeleine Hall-Arber New Bedford, MA Working Waterfront Festival The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project
Wayne Whalen

Wayne Whalen who helped restore the F/V Roann (a wooden Eastern Rig) talks about his life long involvement with the fishing industry as a fisherman, lumper, and machinist. He also discusses changes in the industry from the 1950's to the present, particularly with regard to technology and the transition from wood to steel and Eastern Rigs to stern trawlers. He also talks about the future of the fishing industry.

Markham Starr New Bedford, MA Working Waterfront Festival The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project
Lars Vinjerud

Lars Vinjerud is the owner and president of Fleet Fisheries. His father was a fisherman and Lars began fishing as a boy. He fished out of New Bedford and in Alaska. He worked his way up to captain and purchased his own vessel. He discusses his life, his company, and the industry.

Marilyn Belmore New Bedford, MA Working Waterfront Festival The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project
Manuel “Manny” Vinagre

Manny Vinagre began working on the water from the time he was 8 years old in Buarcos a village of Figueira da Foz, Portugal, unloading sardine boats. His father, grandfather, and uncle were all fishermen. His father was lost at sea while on a Gloucester dragger. Manny fished for ten years as part of the Portuguese ?White Fleet? dory fishing for cod off the coast of Newfoundland. He provides much detail about dory fishing as well as describing several close calls. He later went on to be a draggerman and boat owner in New Bedford and still owns the F/V SEA SIREN.

Markham Starr New Bedford, MA Working Waterfront Festival The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project
Amy Van Atten

Ms. Van Atten is the operations coordinator of NOAA's observer program. She speaks about the fishing industry from a federal management perspective and her specific involvement with the fishing industry.

Janice Gadaire Fleuriel New Bedford, MA Working Waterfront Festival The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project
Leslie Trott

Mr. Trott speaks about growing up in a fishing family and his life as a fisherman.

Janice Gadaire Fleuriel New Bedford, MA Working Waterfront Festival The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project
Mary and Michael Yortson

Mary Yorston Sylvia, joined by her son Michael Yortson, speaks about what it is like to be the wife of a fisherman since the beginning of the 20th century. Michael Yorston speaks about his activities related to the fishing industry, specifically his retail work at West Marine.

Janice Gadaire Fleuriel New Bedford, MA Working Waterfront Festival The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project