Trap fishermen built off-shore structures called weirs; fenced enclosures, with no way out, into which fish headed at lowering tides. Once ensnared, they would be taken by men in trapboats. Louis Cordeiro Jr. may go down as the last surviving trap fisherman — he died in 2005 — but his family joked that he was also the “land baron of Brewster Street,” owning five buildings at No. 8 and No. 10. His father had arrived around 1910 from São Miguel in the Azores. Louis Jr. married Charlotte Perry in 1942. Four years later, they bought this property, which has a main house and a gambrel-roofed cottage. It passed to their son Raymond and his wife, Madelyn, who sold it in 2007. Their son, Brandon Raymond Prezioso Cordeiro, is an up-and-coming actor and writer. [Photo of Cordeiro by Bill Berardi, from the collection of Gordon Ferreira, courtesy of Susan Leonard.]
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