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Fred Backman

Fred Backman, the Winter Harbor Harbormaster, describes his time on the water from his childhood up through adulthood. This includes lobstering, gillnetting, scalloping, and shrimping. He offers his opinion on changes in culture on the water, equipment, infrastructure, and regulation in his lifetime.






Camden Hunt

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Galen Koch

Suggested citation: Backman, Fred, Frenchman Bay Oral History Project, July 29th, 2023, by Camden Hunt, 22 pages, Maine Sound and Story. Online: Insert URL (Last Accessed: Insert Date).


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