Interview with boatbuilder Harry Xynides

Date: January 14, 1985

Source: S1576 , Container 21 , C86-147

Type: Sound

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  • One audio cassette. Harry Xynides discusses his childhood and youth in Greece as well as how he learned boat building; coming to the United States; starting his business with a boat for the Salvadore Family; his boatyard in St. Augustine and working with his son; his refusal to mass-produce his boats; shortage of male help during World War II and therefore his wife's involvement in his business; different aspects of boat building. Interview conducted during fieldwork for video documentary on Florida shrimping called Fishing All My Days, and was made by the Florida Folklife Program, and the University of Florida (WUFT-TV). A transcript of the interview can be found in S 1579, box 1, folder: C86-99 through C86-149.

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