Wayne Whalen | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Wayne Whalen

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09-28-2013
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Wayne Whalen who helped restore the F/V Roann (a wooden Eastern Rig) talks about his life long involvement with the fishing industry as a fisherman, lumper, and machinist. He also discusses changes in the industry from the 1950's to the present, particularly with regard to technology and the transition from wood to steel and Eastern Rigs to stern trawlers. He also talks about the future of the fishing industry.

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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