New Bedford, MA – The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center’s A Day in the Life speaker series continues on Thursday, January 18th at 7:00 p.m. with James “Jimmy” Dwyer, Jr. as he talks about life as a lumper and the changes he has seen in his almost 60 years on the waterfront.
Jimmy began his career as a lumper at the age of 16 when his father asked him if he wanted to help unload 85,000 pounds of fish from the F/V Solveig J. He earned $8 for a day’s work. He was a longtime member of the Fish Lumpers Union, Local 1749. He also served as secretary, treasurer, and business agent for the union.
Lumpers have been a part of the New Bedford waterfront for decades, providing a valuable service to the vessels. A lumper unloads the fishing vessel when it returns to port. They also clean and sanitize the holds before refilling with ice for the vessel’s next trip.
Admission to A Day in the Life is free for members; $5 for non-members. The Center is handicap accessible through the parking lot entrance. Free off-street parking available. The Center is located at 38 Bethel Street in New Bedford’s historic downtown.
The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the commercial fishing industry past, present, and future through archives, exhibits, and programs. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (508) 993-8894.