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.
Stan Simmons was born on February 6, 1917. Now deceased, Stan Simmons was a lobster fisherman for 65 years. When he was 11 years old, he moved to Friendship from Bremen, Long Island. He has one adopted child and three grandchildren. He was a lobsterman for 65 years. In addition, he was a pilot and spotted fish for purse and stop seiners for seven or eight years. When he was asked what else he did, he replied, “You name it--everything but deliver babies.” He served in the Navy for two stints during World War II in the Pacific, where he delivered guerilla fighters to Japanese Islands, and for two years he was stationed on the battleship USS Alabama, for which he named his lobster boat. He describes lobstering in the old days, including building and setting wooden traps, as well as the whole process of lobstering. He also tells about breaking down off Monhegan Island in a hard blow and ends with a description of how he likes to prepare a lobster to eat on the boat, cooking it on the manifold of his gas-burning engine.
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