Collections - MF 037 “Life of the Maine Lobsterman” Project
MF 037 “Life of the Maine Lobsterman” project
Number of accessions: 20
Dates when interviews were conducted: 1974
Time period covered: 20th century
Principal interviewers: David Taylor
Finding aides: transcripts
Access restrictions: NA 0887, 1089, 1131, 1318
Description: The bulk of the nineteen accessions (33 hours) in this collection consists of interviews by David Taylor conducted during the summer of 1974. Accessions NA 726, 727, and 747 – 750 have been added to the collection since they are on the same topic and were done around the same time.
0726 Edwin Lawson, interviewed by Rita Swidrowski for FO 197, fall 1972, West Tremont, Maine. Lawson, 73, talks about lobstering on the Maine coast. Text: 139 pp. transcript. Recording: T 0534 – 0537 4 hours.
0727 Charles Dodge, interviewed by David Taylor for FO 197, fall 1972, Friendship,Maine. Series of interviews with Dodge, 84, about his life as a lobster fisherman. Also included: personal correspondence. Text: 258 pp. transcript. Recording: T 0538 – T 0544 5 hours. Photos: P 0347 – P 0379.
0747 Dale Torrey and Mrs. Torrey, interviewed by Mark Lafond for FO 197, March 3, 1937, Winter Harbor, Maine. Also included: 3 pp. Survey of Maine Lobstering Industry and 2 pp. biography of Torrey. Torrey talks about being a lobster fisherman; decision not to finish school; the company he works for; his house; children; learning lobstering from his brother and father; problems starting out; first wife’s death; second wife; wages; shrimping during the winter; co-op; his father’s love of being a lobster-fisherman. Text: 177 pp. transcript with 24 pp. catalog. Recording: T 0569 – T 0573 2 hours.
0748 Frank Dyer, interviewed by Becky Elwell for FO 197, spring 1973, Lincolnville, Maine. Also included: newspaper clipping; 5 pp. interview schedule; 2 pp. biography of Dyer. Dyer, born on High Island on April 2, 1896, talks about Warren Island; his grandparents; school on 700 Acres Island; moving to Maker’s Island (La Salle’s Island); tending traps with his father, a lobster fisherman; working on the roads in Camden, Maine; being in the Army in WWII; odd jobs he worked; going back to lobstering at age 29; loosing boats to a hurricane; his wife picking and selling crabs he catches; children and grandchildren; duck hunting; whittling; knitting the heads for the traps he builds. Text: 72 pp. transcript with 2 pp. catalog/biography. Recording: T 0574 – T 0576 2 hours.
0749 Sherwood Cook, Ernest Maloney, and Holace Chadwick, interviewed by Jayne Lello for FO 197, spring 1973, Tenant’s Harbor, Port Clyde, Maine. Cook talks about lobster fishing; the new equipment and laws that apply; it as a business; his lobster territory around Little Green Island, which he owns; his background; his wife; how his father and grandfather did lobster fishing; bird watching. Maloney, who grew up in Port Clyde, talks about his background; his father (a “man of the sea”); lobstering with his father; being a full-time fisherman. Chadwick talks about his background; past days of glorious sea captains and schooners; his mother; living in Port Clyde; coming from a long line of “men of the sea”; his childhood; working on a tanker for 10 years; switching to lobstering; share-fishing with Cook; living with his wife on Little Green Island; purse seining and stop seining; his children. Text: 177 pp. transcript with brief catalog. Recording: T 0577 – T 0581 3 hours.
0750 Joe and Evelyn Horr and Leon and Leila Horr, interviewed by Faith A. Rawding for FO 107 & 197, April 1973, Long Island and Casco Bay, Maine. The Horrs talk about lobster fishing; fishing; clamming; trawling; sword fishing; shad fishing; and the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Text: 295 pp. transcript and brief catalog. Recording: T 0582 – T 0589 / PM 0648 – PM 0655 / CD 0157 – CD 0164 4 hours. Photos: P 0442 – P 0444.
0754 Captain Sidney Sprague, interviewed by David Taylor for HY 183, 1973, Rockland, Maine. 165 pp. Tape: 4 hrs. w/ trans. & a 40 pp. ms. Sprague talks about the early history of lobster fishing. Text: 165 pp. transcript with 40 pp. paper. Recording: 4 hours T 0594 – T 0596. Photos: P 0450, P 0992 – P 0998.
0897 Tim Staples, interviewed by David Taylor, summer 1974, in Swan’s Island, Maine. 28 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Staples, a lobster fisherman, talks about learning where to set traps; equipment used; costs; money management; territoriality; opinions on laws, trap limits, closed season, etc. Text: 24 pp. catalog & transcription. Recording: T 0866 / CD 2013 1 hour.
0898 Sherm Stanley, Jr. interviewed by David Taylor, fall 1974, Monhegan Island, Maine. 25 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Stanley talks about lobster fishing, types of boats, gear, costs, traps, co-ops, laws, etc. Text: 21 pp. total: 3 pp. catalog & 17 pp. transcription. Recording: T 0867 1/2 hour.
0899 Al Roberts, interview by David Taylor, summer 1974, Friendship, Maine. 9 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ brief cat. Roberts talks about lobster buying and Friendship Sloops: when built, distinctive features, number still in existence. Text: 5 pp. brief catalog. Recording: T 0868 1/2 hour.
0970 Andy Gove, interviewed by David Taylor, July 9, 1974, Stonington, Maine. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. Gove talks about experiences as a lobster fisherman; his ideas on fishermen’s co-ops; how he started as a fisherman; his estimates on how much it would cost to get set up as a lobster fisherman today; the rising costs of gear and fuel; how the fathom meter and other instruments have affected the industry; headaches associated with fishing. Text: 6 pp. catalog. Recording: T 0970 CD 2440 53 minutes.
0971 Joe Charczynski, interviewed by David Taylor, summer 1974, Lincolnville, Maine. 10 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. Charczynski talks about worming and lobster fishing. Text: 6 pp. brief catalog. Recording: T 0971 1 hour.
0972 Ralph Alley, interviewed by David Taylor, August 8, 1974, Beals, Maine. 3 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ brief cat. Alley, age 42, talks about lobster fishing. Text: 3 pp. brief catalog. Recording: T 0972 1/2 hour.
0973 Stillman Griffin, interviewed by David Taylor, August 30, 1974, Kennebunkport, Maine. Tape: 1 hr. w/ 7 pp. typed and 3 pp. handwritten brief cat. Griffin talks about what it is like to be a lobsterman; costs involved in maintenance and repairs, traps, buoyes, bait, etc.; what his opinions are on legislation, fishermen’s co-ops, trap limit, etc.; how much it would cost for a young man to get started; the future of the lobstering industry; different kinds of bait, boats, and traps. Text: 10 pp. catalog. Recording: T 0973 1 hour.
0974 Harold Finnemore, interviewed by David Taylor, summer 1974, Islesford, Maine. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Finnemore, a part-time lobster fisherman, talks about lobster fishing. Text: 11 pp. catalog. Recording: T 0974 1 hour.
0975 Edgar Drisko, interviewed by David Taylor, September 12, 1974, New Harbor, Maine. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Drisko, age 43, talks about lobster fishing. Text: 8 pp. catalog. Recording: T 0975 1 hour.
0982 Lyman “Gus” Alle, interviewed by David Taylor, summer 1974, Kittery, Maine. 45 pp. No Tape. Brief cat. & trans. Alley talks about his experiences as a lobsterman. Text: 42 pp. catalog & transcription.
1996 Stillman Havener, interviewed by David Taylor, summer 1974, Friendship, Maine. 3 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. approx. Havener talks about lobstering. Text: 1 pp. brief catalog. Recording: T 1963 / CD 2000 1/2 hour approx.
2005 Les Dyer, interviewed by David Taylor, fall 1974, Rockland, Maine. 3 pp. Tape: 1 hr. Dyer of Vinalhaven and Rockland, Maine, the first president of the MLA, talks about the founding of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association. Text: 1 pp. index. Recording: T 1969 1 hour / CD 1187 is side 1 of T 1969 only. Side 2 volume so low, it’s inaudible.
2730 Correspondence, clippings, articles, and surveys relating to the Life of the Maine Lobsterman Project.