George Streit

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Long Island Traditions


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.   

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On May 19, 1987, Nancy Solomon interviewed George Streit as part of the Long Island Traditions oral history collection. George is a lifelong fishing enthusiast, whose love for the sport shaped his life and experiences.  George shares his memories of fishing in childhood and mentions that while he's had land jobs on and off, he always came back to fishing. Over time, he developed a passion for big-game fishing and clamming. He describes the techniques he's learned over the years, as well as his observations about the local fishing industry. George tells anecdotes of memorable experiences on the water, including catching cables, tumultuous weather conditions, encounters with marine life, and rescuing someone after a wreck. He mentions his time spent duck hunting and how his previous experience making patterns and mechanical drawings helped him make his own decoys. The interview concludes with George's reflections on what it means to be a fisherman and the personal sacrifices involved, saying, "Fishing is something that you really have to like...Sometimes, you say you want to give it up...then all of a sudden, you get back in there again."

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