Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Domingos, Manuel P., Jr.


Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Domingos, Manuel P., Jr.


Domingos, Manuel P., Jr, Interviewee.;Brayton, Linda, Interviewer.;Masters, David, Interviewer.


[Gloucester, Mass] : Sawyer Free Library




4 sound files, digital, MPEG3 file

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OH 6 Part 1
OH 6 Part 2
OH 6 Part 3
OH 6 Part 4

Linda Brayton and David Masters, principal oral historians.;Interviewers: Linda Brayton and David Masters (2/21/1978).

CD 9 TRACKS: 1. Mr. Domingo's background -- 2. Father's background, immigration to USA beginning in fishing -- 3. Fishing prior to diesel power dory-trawling, equipment and methods used -- 4. Trawler described, crew, navigation -- 5. How dories were used, a typical day catching the fish, storing the catch, etc., marketing -- 6. Advent of the dragger leads to end of dory-trawling -- 7. Captain's role, accidents and sickness, captain's word was law -- 8. Nationalities on ships, Portuguese trawlers -- 9. Change in fishing with advent of dragger -- 10. Types of fishing (e.g. swordfishing, longlining) -- 11. Portuguese fishermen, reasons they are fewer, conditions on board, night fishing (torch-wicking) -- 12. Reasons people went fishing -- 13. Gloucester as a port -- 14. Seining -- 15. Portuguese immigration - reasons, Portuguese Hill -- 16. First immigrants - families, attitudes, aspirations, activities, church, politics17 - Gloucester's appeal, growing up in Gloucester.;CD10 TRACKS: 1. Growing up in Gloucester (cont'd) - games, sports -- 2. Portuguese Blessing of the Fleet, dances -- 3. Pollution -- 4. Portuguese Blessing of the Fleet (cont'd) especially recollections of first year, different from Italian Blessing of the Fleet -- 5. Two ships visit from Portugal -- 6. Church, Our Lady of Good Voyage, statue, bells -- 7. United Fisheries operated by Mr. Domingos' father, the Mr. Domingos -- 8. Fishermen's races, some boats named -- 9. Portuguese skippers -- 10. Charles Fernandes' story -- 11. Portuguese Hill, values of Portuguese people -- 12. Reasons for diminishing size of Portuguese fleet, comparison between earlier days in Gloucester and present -- 13. Gorton's Co., frozen foods, cold storage.

The following names and terms were used in htis interview: sight, forecastle/fo'c'sle, Capt. Frank Cooney, sounding lead, trawl, tallow soap, ganging,hauling back,trawl tub, hold ground-line,pens, pen boards, torch-wicking, crownings, Cardinal Cushing, Fr. De Mours,Captain Joseph P. Mesquita, Gloucester Fraternity Club, Captain Ralph Silva, Johnny Rose, Captain Frank Saunders, Fr. De Bem, Manuel G. Silva,John Pew, Irving Usen, Slade-Gorton,O'Donnell-Usen, Reed & Gamage,Clarence Birdsey

Originally issued on sound cassettes and transferred to compact discs.


Portuguese Americans -- Massachusetts -- Gloucester.;Oral history -- Massachusetts -- Cape Ann.;Fisheries -- Massachusetts -- Gloucester.;Portuguese Americans -- Massachusetts -- Gloucester.;Seafaring Life -- Massachusetts -- Gloucester.

Ann, Cape (Mass.) -- History -- Anecdotes.;Ann, Cape (Mass.) -- Social life and customs.;Gloucester (Mass.) -- Emigration and immigration.

Collection :

Gloucester Oral History Collection

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Citation :

Domingos, Manuel P., Jr, Interviewee.;Brayton, Linda, Interviewer.;Masters, David, Interviewer., "Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Domingos, Manuel P., Jr.," in NOBLE Digital Heritage, Item #7611, (accessed July 25, 2017).