Oystermen Stories | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Oystermen Stories

Location of Interview
Collection Name

New Jersey’s Delaware Bayshore


The Bayshore Center at Bivalve’s Oral History program is dedicated to preserving the oral history and culture of New Jersey’s Bayshore region by saving for posterity the oral histories and material culture connected with the Bayshore region, by creating a repository of recordings and data that can be used for research, by preserving, treasuring and celebrating the environment, history and culture of the Bayshore region and by sharing the heritage of the Bayshore region today and with future generations through program related activities serving visitors, students and scholars.

Date of Interview

A panel discussion of retired oystermen whose recollections spanned from post World War I (1918) through the 1990s including Bill Biggs, 1926-2001, John Dubois, 1912-2001, Charlie Elmer, 1912-2006, Arthur Hinson, 1917-2012, Jack King, 1928-2001, Joe Lore, 1910-2000 and Mort Hughes, 1920-2012. They discuss hiring crews from the Chesapeake, planting oysters during Bay Season, harvesting, dredging, food, running a boat and changing from sail to power. Plus questions, comments and stories from the audience.

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