Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Yelland, Leslie (Rev.)


Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Yelland, Leslie (Rev.)


Yelland, Leslie Interviewee.;Brayton, Linda, Interviewer.;Masters, David, Interviewer.


[Gloucester, Mass] : Sawyer Free Library




2 sound files, digital, MPEG3 file

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OH 9 Part 1
OH 9 Part 2

Linda Brayton and David Masters, principal oral historians.;Interviewers: Linda Brayton and David Masters.

TRACKS: 1. Gloucester as a port, background and summary -- 2. Rev. Yellands background, reasons for coming to Gloucester -- 3. 200 mile limit, reactions of men at Fisherman's Institute -- 4. Role of Fisherman's Institute in community, changes in the Institute due to urban renewal -- 5. Needs of fishermen at Institute -- 6. Various nationalities in Gloucester fleet over the years -- 7. Comparison : fishing now and then, character of fishermen, abilities (e.g. predicting weather) -- 8. Anecdote about sick fishermen -- 9. Many people from around the world approach sailing fishermen for knowledge and information -- 10. Need for Gloucester to do the same and record history of sailing fishermen -- 11. Some people not accepting of the fishermen -- 12. Fishermen seen to use less alcohol and bad language these days -- 13. Interests change, currently, an increase in cultural interests seen -- 14. Problems of fishermen (e.g. problems arising from long separation from families) -- 15. Merchant Marine - decline, U.S.A.'s Merchant Marine compared to that of other countries -- 16. American fishermen as a worker -- 17. Interests, values of modern fishermen -- 18. Navy, Merchant Marine, etc. don't often mix -- 19. Chaplain's role at Fishermen's Institute, European chaplain compared to American chaplain -- 20. Reasons Rev. Yelland started work with seamen, knowledge gained through his travels -- 21 U.S.A. compared to other nations -- 22. Dangers in dock area in Western World compared to other locations -- 23. Illness aboard ship, visiting sick when they come into port -- 24. Public attitude toward seamen, advantages in U.S.A. -- 25. Characteristics of Gloucester, need to build up city seen.

The following terms and names were used in this interview: Grimsby, Odessa

Originally issued on sound cassettes and transferred to compact discs.


Fisherman's Institute (Gloucester, Mass.).;Seafaring life -- Massachusetts -- Gloucester -- religious aspects.;Oral history -- Massachusetts -- Cape Ann.

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

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Gloucester Oral History Collection

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Citation :

Yelland, Leslie Interviewee.;Brayton, Linda, Interviewer.;Masters, David, Interviewer., "Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Yelland, Leslie (Rev.)," in NOBLE Digital Heritage, Item #7614, (accessed September 26, 2017).