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Markham Starr

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.

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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.

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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.

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Donald Spooner

Former Navy man Donald Spooner worked a variety of jobs before ending up in a in the fishing industry making "doors" for trawlers in the 1950's and 1960's.

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Chris Rodriques

Chris Rodriques worked in several New Bedford fish houses during the 1970s and 1980s and saw the changes in that sector as a result of the strike and the loss of the fish house workers union.

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Antonio Perreira

Antonio Perreira also known as "Tony the Plumber," has worked as a full-time pipe fitter on the waterfront since 1976. Originally from Portugal, he learned is trade through a traditional apprenticeship after working as a pinner in a textile mill and as a construction worker and laborer. He has serviced both scallopers and draggers in the New Bedford fleet for the past 34 years, primarily working with Portuguese owned vessels. He talks about his childhood in Portugal, his experience immigrating to New Bedford at the age of 13 and his work history.

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Charlie Mitchell

Charlie Mitchell is the owner and captain of the tugboat JAGUAR. He discusses his childhood as a water rat in Fairhaven. He originally went to college and began law school but his studies were interrupted when he was drafted. He served in the army on several destroyers and gained a great deal of sea time. When he returned home after the war he began working on tug boats eventually buying a boat, starting his own salvage company and later commissioning the construction of JAGUAR, the tug he owns and operates today.

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Richard McKnight

Richard McKnight talks about his 20 year career fishing for King Mackerel in South Florida and Louisiana.

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Wesley "Geno" and JoAnne Leech

Joanne Leech has been married to Wesley "Geno" Leech for over 30 years. The daughter of a fisherman, she grew up in Chinook, WA where she ran successful restaurants for many years.

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Paul Lane

Paul Lane works for Fleet Fisheries Inc. as the Marine Operations Manager and Safety Officer. Prior to this he was the Shore Captain. Currently, he is responsible for attending council meetings, handling licensing and permitting and running safety trainings. He describes the company which is a family owned and operated company including a fleet of boats, a processing house, a wholesale fish market. He talks about the current controversy over permit stacking which is causing tension in the industry. He tells a funny story about a safety drill gone awry.

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