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. He describes several close calls while dragging.
The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project is an ongoing oral history project documenting the history and culture of the commercial fishing industry and other port trades. The project was begun in 2004 in conjunction with the Working Waterfront Festival, an annual, education celebration of commercial fishing culture which takes place in New Bedford, MA. Interviewees have included a wide range of individuals connected to the commercial fishing industry and/or other aspects of the port through work or familial ties. While the majority of interviewees are from the port of New Bedford, the project has also documented numerous individuals from other ports around the country. Folklorist and Festival Director Laura Orleans and Community Scholar/Associate Director Kirsten Bendiksen are Project Leaders. The original recordings reside at the National Council for the Traditional Arts in Maryland with listening copies housed at the Festival's New Bedford office.
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