Homer Stevens: A Life in Fishing Homer Stevens

ISBN: 9781550170702

Published: January 1st 1992

Hardcover

256 pages


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Homer Stevens: A Life in Fishing  by  Homer Stevens

Homer Stevens: A Life in Fishing by Homer Stevens
January 1st 1992 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 256 pages | ISBN: 9781550170702 | 10.66 Mb

Homer Stevens spent half a century in the BC fishing industry, both as a working fisherman and as a leader of the United Fishermen and Allied Workers Union. His story, an oral autobiography, was recorded and compiled by Rolf Knight.Stevens grew upMoreHomer Stevens spent half a century in the BC fishing industry, both as a working fisherman and as a leader of the United Fishermen and Allied Workers Union.

His story, an oral autobiography, was recorded and compiled by Rolf Knight.Stevens grew up in Port Guichon, a poly-glot fishing community on the Fraser River delta. He was one of an extended family of working people who argued constantly about the issues of the day. In 1936, when he was thirteen years old, Homer started fishing on his own in a leaky gillnetter called the Tar Box.

Six years later, his uncle John said, One of these days Im going to have to take you down to a meeting of the United Fishermens Union in Vancouver. Its run by a bunch of Reds but theyre pretty good people. By 1946, Homer was a full-time organizer for the United Fishermen and Allied Workers Union, going around float to float, man to man to sign up new members.Included here are Stevens ominous description of the Cold War years, and an evocative log of travelling the central BC coast during the 1950s, with its bustling fishermens ports and canneries.

There are accounts of the 1967 strike in Prince Rupert, Homers year in jail for contempt of court and his drive to organize Nova Scotia fishermen, and there is a moving personal description of relearning how to fish in a modern and very different salmon industry.All and all, he says, if someone were to ask me, Would you do it again? Id say, Yeah, Id do it again. Id try to do it better if I could, but Id be willing to tackle it.



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