Philip Genthner Jr.
The Finding Friendship Oral History Project is a joint effort of the Friendship Museum and the Friendship Village School, directed by Sally Merrick, museum volunteer, and Gaylea Hynd, teacher. In 2003-2004 sixth grade students conducted taped interviews of three generations of lobstermen and women, as well as others associated with the lobstering industry. Printed copies of the interviews and CDs of the printed transcripts are available at the Friendship Museum in Friendship, Maine.
Philip Genthner, Jr. was born on February 13, 1988, in Friendship, where he has spent his entire life. Hailing from a family deeply rooted in the area, Philip represents the third generation of Genthners in Friendship. As a junior at Medomak Valley High School, he actively participates in the school's baseball and wrestling teams, showcasing his athletic prowess. Philip's true passion is lobstering, a pursuit he embarked upon at the tender age of eight. He serves as the captain of his own lobster boat. Philip's younger brother, Steven, acts as his sternman, assisting him in the daily lobstering operations.
Scope and Content Note
The oral history interview conducted in October 2004 with Philip Genthner, Jr., provides a glimpse into his life as a lobsterman in Friendship. Philip, a junior at Medomak Valley High School, demonstrates a profound connection to his hometown, where his family has resided for three generations. As the captain of his own lobster boat, he navigates the waters, accompanied by his brother, Steven, who assists in the daily lobstering operations. Philip shares valuable insights into his lobstering journey, discussing the intricacies of his work, including trap setting, bait selection, and the challenges presented by varying weather conditions. He expresses a deep appreciation for the rewards that lobstering brings, both in terms of personal fulfillment and financial gain. Despite encountering setbacks, such as gear sabotage and adverse weather, Philip's passion for lobstering remains unwavering. This oral history sheds light on Philip's experiences, highlighting his most memorable moments and his aspirations for the future. While his commitment to lobstering is unwavering, he looks forward to his winter activities and diligently prepares for the forthcoming fishing seasons. Philip's dedication to his craft and his love for the sea are evident throughout the interview, showcasing the resilience and perseverance that characterize the lives of lobstermen in Friendship.
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