Portsmouth Commercial Fishing Industry
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
With increasing federal restrictions on commercial fishing, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is on the verge of losing its once-active fishing industry. As Portsmouth becomes a city of second homes and condominiums, fishing families are no longer able to make a living in the once productive port. Young fishermen have little incentive to begin careers in the industry. Unlike fishing communities in Maine and Massachusetts, Portsmouth fishermen are not part of an ethnic group that preserves their tradition, and as a result, the twentieth-century history of seacoast fishing in this area is fading away. Historic New England staff captured the stories of the hard-working people who make up this fast-disappearing community through interviews and photographs of the fisherman at work and in their homes. Highlights of the project were displayed at the Discover Portsmouth Center.
Listen to select oral histories:
- Interview with Erik Anderson, lobsterman, November 20, 2009
- Interview with Jay Driscoll, fisherman, July 30, 2010
- Interview with Evelyn Marconi, proprietor of Geno's Coffee Shop, January 28, 2010
- Interview with Geno Marconi, lobsterman, January 19, 2010
Read select transcriptions (PDF):
- Interview with Erik Anderson, November 20, 2009
- Interview with Jay Driscoll, July 30, 2010
- Interview with Evelyn Marconi, January 28, 2010
- Interview with Geno Marconi, January 19, 2010
Please note that the opinions expressed in these oral histories are those of the interview subjects, and not Historic New England. For more information, e-mail community engagement at Historic New England.
Gov. John Langdon House
New Hampshire Commercial Fisherman's Association