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Gooden Grant, interviewed by David Taylor


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William Cavallini, interviewed by Pauleena MacDougall, May 16, 1997, in Harwich, Massachusetts. Cavallini discusses his experiences rum-running on the coast of Maine, Massachusetts, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia during Prohibition; operating the radio on rum-running boats beginning 1930; packaging of liquor; unloading at night; locations where liquor was unloaded; recollections of Meteghan, Nova Scotia; boat specifications; pay; killing of rumrunners; pastimes when not running rum; names of rum-running boats; evading the Coast Guard; changes to rum-running after Prohibition ended; operating radios on shore; hiding liquor; and individuals involved in the rum-running business. Images RESTRICTED until 2075. Text: 59 pp. transcript, plus 41 pp. memoir. Recording: C 1562 - C 1564. Photos: P08094 - P08145.


  • May 16, 1997


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From the Collection: 52 image files (digital)

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From the Collection: 5 audio files (digital)

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Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


0773 Gooden Grant, interviewed by David Taylor, July 11, and August 10, 1973, Stonington, Maine. July 11, 1973: Grant discusses catching lobsters with hoop nets and traps; Isle au Haut lobster factory; selling to lobster smacks; mackerel seineing; culling board and sizes of marketable lobsters; pogey fishing with father; steam trawlers in pogey fishery; running lobster smacks for McLoon Lobster Co.; Friendship sloops; farms on Isle au Haut; dory factory at Bucksport; Tom Nickerson; fishing the Grand Banks; gear and techniques for trawling from a dory; salting fish on board schooner; power boats; liquor and drinking; going to the West Indies in square riggers. Grant was in Havana harbor for the sinking of the battleship Maine, which began the Spanish-American war. August 10, 1973: Grant discusses camp meetings; life on Isle au Haut including father’s store, lobster factory, shipyard, and rusticators; Friendship sloops; early lobster traps; cooperation among Isle au Haut fishermen; winter fishing; lobster bottoms; singing and dancing aboard ship; and rum running. Text: 18 pp. index. Recordings: T 0637 (1 hour), T 0638 (1 hour), T 0639 (1 hour), T 0640 (30 minutes), CD 0884 - CD 0886, CD 2051 3.5 hours. Photos: P 0410 - P 0411.

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Part of the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
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