Carter, Don oral history interview

Interview with Don Carter
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Fraser River
commercial fishing

Don Carter grew up in a family that has worked on the Fraser River since 1900. His grandfather was a well-known boat builder and a fisherman, and his father had towing contracts with multiple mills along the waterfront. He started working at age 14, along with his three brothers, feeding lumber into a saw that the mills had in the water or helping out with the booms. At the same time, his grandfather gave him his first boat, and Carter would row on the river daily. On the river, he collected dunnage (the packing material used to separate cargo in a ship’s hold) that he used to build his first fishing shed. Companies mentioned in the interview are Capilano Lumber, Fraser Mills, Lamford Cedar, King Neptune Restaurant, Valley Towing, Swiftsure Towing, and the Shell and Chevron waterfront gas stations.

During the interview Carter is showing photographs to the interviewer and describing them.

The interview was conducted as part of History 461 – Oral History Practicum at Simon Fraser University

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