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Eastport, ME

Interviewee Collection Sort descending Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation
Edward French Assessing Vulnerability and Resilience in Maine Fishing Communities

Interview with Edward French, who has lived most of his life in Eastport, Maine. His first involvement in commercial fishing was as crew on a herring carrier, and soon after he started tub trawling and scalloping on his own during the summer and fall.

Anna Henry Eastport, ME University of Maine
Hugh French Assessing Vulnerability and Resilience in Maine Fishing Communities

Hugh French grew up and lived most of his life in Eastport, Maine. French was never directly involved in fishing industry, but is currently the Director of the Tides Institute. He describes the local economy's shifts throughout his lifetime, particularly the rise and decline of the sardine industry and increased dependence on lobstering. This interview was completed as part of the University of Maine project, “Assessing Vulnerability and Resilience in Maine Fishing Communities,” funded by Maine Sea Grant (PI: Dr. Teresa Johnson).

Anna Henry Eastport, ME University of Maine
Lynn Bowden Assessing Vulnerability and Resilience in Maine Fishing Communities

Interview with former sardine cannery employee Lynn Bowden. Bowden was born in Eastport, ME on December 20, 1938 and worked as an adolescent at local canning facilities. As a third generation Eastport native, Bowden moved back to Eastport fifteen years prior to the interview after living in Portland, ME for forty eight years. Retired at the time of interview, Bowden mentions her career at Blue Cross Blue Shield and her early involvement with Eastport's canning factories at the age of 15.

Anna Henry Eastport, ME University of Maine
Hollis Matthews Assessing Vulnerability and Resilience in Maine Fishing Communities

Interview with Hollis Matthews (born 1925) and Wayne Wilcox (born 1954) of Eastport, ME.
 

Anna Henry Eastport, ME University of Maine
Wayne Wilcox Assessing Vulnerability and Resilience in Maine Fishing Communities

Wayne Wilcox was born in 1954 in Eastport, Maine. In this interview with Hollis Matthews, he describes fishing in Downeast Maine and changes in the region over time.

Anna Henry Eastport, ME University of Maine
George Harris Oral Histories from the New England Fisheries

George speaks about what it is like being a commercial fisherman and also having a summer tourist business to supplement his income.

Project Leaders: Lisa L. Colburn and Kate E. Yentes
Date Collection Completed: On going
Location: www.voices.nmfs.noaa.gov
Geographic Location: Locations across New England

Kate Yentes Eastport, ME NOAA Fisheries
Jeanne and Robert Peacock The Last Sardine Cannery - Prospect Harbor, Maine

Robert Peacock's family operated canneries in Eastport, Lubec and Portland, Maine.

Keith Ludden Eastport, ME Oral History & Folklife Research, Inc.
Clarence Suddy The Last Sardine Cannery - Prospect Harbor, Maine

Clarence "Buck" Suddy helped operate Raye's Mustard Mill in Eastport for many years.  The mill provided the mustard many of the canneries used to can sardines. 

Keith Ludden Eastport, ME Oral History & Folklife Research, Inc.
Wayne Wilcox The Last Sardine Cannery - Prospect Harbor, Maine

Wayne Wilcox worked in the shipping room of the B.H. Wilson Sardine Factory in Eastport, Maine.

Keith Ludden Eastport, ME Oral History & Folklife Research, Inc.