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    • Wells, Jack. Jack Wells, Full Interview

    • Personal experience narratives;
    • Transcription in progress...
      Transcript of sections of Interview with Jack Wells in his Twine Store on Oct. 14, 2006 (see CD for full interview)
      3:57-4:02: "Down on the wharves then, filling boxes of fish gutting the fish, splitting the...
    • MUNFLA Finding Aid, Bay Roberts, NL

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    • This is a finding aid of materials found in the Memorial University Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA) relating to Bay Roberts and surrounding areas. This finding aid relates to Bay Roberts and the surrounding areas of French’s...
    • Wells, Jack. Jack Wells Interview Excerpt E

    • Drying (Food preservation); Fishes; Fishing equipment; Salt-curing;
    • Transcript: You gotta fillet it, wash it, then you got to put it in salt. We had to have the flakes seven or eight days... you wash it out and put it out, right? You wouldn't have to soak it, see? Then you got to put it out and you got to get the...
    • Wells, Jack. Jack Wells Interview Excerpt A

    • Fishes; Fishing; Fishing equipment; Personal experience narratives;
    • Transcript: After trapping boys, we'd go trawling and we'd [beg] 3000 hooks a night, every night, had a thousand peices of bait that went on every night. You had to cut up your own squid and you had to be ready for the next morning, right. So you...
    • View of Out the Road

    • Landscape; Families; Entertainment and recreation;
    • Passing Jimmys Hill moving inland, you are no longer Over the Road, you are Out the Road. This area of Branch is settled mostly by recent generations and there is more variety in family names. From the mid-1960s until the late-1980s, Out the Road...
    • Wells, Jack. Jack Wells Interview Excerpt D

    • Houses; Personal experience narratives;
    • Transcript: Oh, I've had ten and twelve come in here now sometime from the States, and they sat down here and they walk in, have a look out the window and everything and they say, "You've got a million dollar view." And they said, "How much would...
    • St. John, Isabella. Isabella St. John Interview Excerpt G

    • Architecture, building and construction;
    • Transcript: ...in my time in the Battery... every couple of years there'd be a storm with seas rough enough to take out one wharf... you know, you'd get up in the morning and check, which wharf is gone... and you could see the debris floating in...
    • Pearcey, Charlie. Charlie Pearcey Interview Excerpt R

    • Families; Houses; People; Personal experience narratives;
    • Transcript: Yes... if you had something [somebody else wanted or] you wanted ... and the next door neighbor got a lend of it and brought it back. Everybody was "aunt" this or "uncle" that. When I was a boy and grew up everybody's door was open you...
    • Men splitting fish on the wharf Across the Gut

    • Cod fishing; Commercial fishing; Fishers; Fishing;
    • Until the mid-1970s, salt cod was the main fish product from Branch. The catch was landed, gutted and split on the marginal wharves along the Gut. In earlier years, marginal wharves and fish stages lined the Gut on both sides. The east side was...
    • The Hayjers Rock stands at the entrance to Branch Cove

    • Landscape;
    • The Hayjers Rock, standing solitary at the tip of the Wester Cove, is the iconic landmark of Branch - a reminder of the play between land and ocean, and a bedrock symbol of Home for generations. In the time of the first settlers, this rock was...
    • Lucas, Ernest. Ernest Lucas Interview Excerpt K

    • People; Personal experience narratives;
    • Transcript: E - Right on the top of the hill. Paddy Wadden, used to have a jukebox in there... all the Portuguese, and all the girls and all the fellas get up there and dance... up there an' Paddy Wadden'd have the jukebox going... used to have a...
    • St. John, Isabella. Isabella St. John Interview Excerpt E

    • Buildings; Houses; People; Personal experience narratives;
    • Transcript: ...Ray Rich, the fisherman who lived here before me... he had been using that [the living room] as his fishing shed. So it was full of nets and old motors and nuts and bolts... and the building actually was... the living room section...
    • Pearcey, Charlie. Charlie Pearcey Interview Excerpt K

    • Commercial fishing; Fishing; Fishers; Fishes;
    • Transcript: That was your livelihood then. That's what you did to make your living. But nowadays it's not. You're only out there for five fish a day. We used to bring in thirty thousand pound a fish a day, in one load.

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