Brendan Burke Presents Shrimp Boat Fleet at Amelia's MuseumThe Amelia Island Museum of History’s 3rd on 3rd Street event will be Brendan Burke as he presents Shrimp Boat Fleet.

Friday, October 17th special guest Brendan Burke will begin his presentation at 6:00 pm on Florida’s Shrimping Fleet. During the early 20th century, a new type of boat was born in Northeast Florida. Forged from Greek, Italian, Norwegian, African-American, and native Floridian hands, the Florida-style trawler became one of the most important boats in the history of the state.

From 1919 until the mid-1980s, Florida supplied the world with shrimp trawlers and commercial fishing boats of all types. Northeast Florida was alive with the buzz of saws and the banging of hammers and the enterprise grew into a multi-billion dollar industry that contributed to over 23 foreign fishing fleets. Ultimately, Florida would be responsible for the largest purpose-built wooden fishing fleet ever assembled.

This presentation brings together stories, pictures, and the people from the halcyon days of catching shrimp and building boats in the Sunshine State. This program is free and open to the public, made possible by the Florida Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau Program.

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