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John Marshall and Madeline "Pat" Dallas, Fred and Madeleine Steele, interviewed by Morgiana Halley


Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

Two series by Morgiana P. Halley, one dealing with marine disasters in Newfoundland folk balladry and the other with marine convoys of World War II.


  • Creation: 1989-1990

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From the Collection: 2 items

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


NA4291 John Marshall "Marsh" Dallas and Capt. Fred Anderson Steele (1913-2002), interviewed by Morgiana Halley, November 1989, in the home of husband and wife Fred and Madeleine J. (Beyrle) Steele (1918-1990), Arroyo Grande, California. Also present, Madeline "Pat" Dallas, wife of John Marshall Dallas. J.M. and Fred were schoolmates. Topics include: Dallas going to sea at age 14; shipping guano (nitrate) from South America; a gold strike in Chile causing the crew to desert the ship; breaking his back aboard ship at age 17; apprenticeship in a shipyard; Dallas family genealogy; investigation into the explosion of the ammunition ship USS Mt. Hood on Nov. 10 1944; and bombing of the USS Savannah. Audiofiles: c750, 1 hr. Interview summary. Text 3 pp.

Repository Details

Part of the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States