Briggs, Bruce oral history interview

Interview with Bruce Briggs
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ILWU Local 502

Bruce Briggs, is a retired longshoreman who began working on the New Westminster docks as a 15-year old. He eventually moved to Westshore Terminals for the last 17 years of his career. Having spent over 35 years on the waterfront, he has handled the full variety of goods that arrives on the West Coast, and tasted his first kiwi on the dock at Pacific Coast Terminals. He tells stories of the booming New Westminster docks, when the Pacific Coast Terminals could host between 12 and 15 ships at the same time, and the longshoremen and ships’ crew would host parties on the boats. Work sites mentioned include Pacific Coast Terminals, the Rice Mills, and Fraser Surrey Docks.

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