Olsen, Erling oral history interview

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Interviewee: Olsen, Erling
Interviewer: Airas, Annika
Contributor: Hall, Peter V.
Erling Olsen grew up in Queensborough, and started gillnetting with his father when he was 7 or 8 years old. By the time he was 13, he had his own nets; by age 15, his own boat. He also worked in the tugboat industry, working his way up from a deckhand to captain. He also briefly tried his hand at millwork. His grandfather came to Queensborough from Norway and his family has a history in the fishing industry. He later moved to Delta and purchased several boats, as well as a fish processing plant. He discusses life in Queensborough, as well as the changes to his childhood neighbourhood and New Westminster.
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