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
  • 2 sound files, digital, MPEG3 file
  • The following terms and names were used in this interview: Grimsby, Odessa
  • 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.
  • Originally issued on sound cassettes and transferred to compact discs.
  • Originally issued on sound cassettes and transferred to compact discs.
  • 1978
  • [Gloucester, Mass] : Sawyer Free Library


Yelland, Leslie, Interviewee, Brayton, Linda, Interviewer, and Masters, David, Interviewer, “Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Yelland, Leslie (Rev.),” NOBLE Digital Heritage, accessed May 17, 2021,


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