From Berwick Bay to Etouffee: Shrimping in Louisiana

From Berwick Bay to Etouffee: Shrimping in Louisiana

Location: 
Louisiana State Wedell-Williams Aviation & Cypress Sawmill Foundation Museum

118 Cotten Road Patterson, LA 70392

The museum is open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. Visitors will get a first look at the shrimping industry's impact in Louisiana. Open to the public.

From Berwick Bay to E'touff'ee: Shrimping in Louisiana gallery exhibit traces the history of the shrimping industry in St. Mary Parish from its heyday in the 1930s and 1940s, when Morgan City was the self-proclaimed "Shrimp Capital of the World", through the challenges fo the present era.

Most of the artifacts and images on display come from the collection of F.C. "Butch" Felterman, Jr., a native of Patterson and former shrimp boat owner and captain. In 2008, Felterman had Fisherman's Light, a replica of a lighthouse, built on his property on the Lower Atchafalaya River. He currently operates the lighthouse as a small, private museum.

Dedicated to the men and women who were involved in the local shrimp industry, the museum features shrimp boat models, maritime equipment, photographs, and other artifacts related to the ten shrimp processing facilities that existed in Patterson between 1937 and 1988

From Berwick Bay to E'touff'ee: Shrimping in Louisiana gallery exhibit utilizes many of the museum's artifacts and images to tell the story of the regional shrimp industry in its broader historical context. Beginning in the 1930s, Morgan City and its environs experienced an unprecedented boom following the "discovery" of a large population of supersized, white shrimp in the deep waters of the Gulf.

Almost overnight, shrimp fishermen, many of them from Florida and the east coast, filled the docks in and around Berwick Bay, using towns like Morgan City, Berwick and Patterson as starting points for deep-water shrimping expeditions in the Gulf. Technological innovations made it possible for shrimp fishermen to increase the size of their catch and the length of their trips, while advances in refrigeration made it possible to transport these jumbo shrimp to cities throughout the United States.

The exhibit also explores the role the region's shrimp fishermen played in World War II, including the rescue of a family set adrift in the Gulf of Mexico when a German U-boat torpedoed the merchant steamer on which they were traveling. Local shrimp fishermen plucked the family of four from the shark-infested waters off the coast of Louisiana and transported them to Morgan City where they recovered from the ordeal.

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FREE courtesy of the Wedell-Williams Memorial Foundation
Phone: 
985-399-1271