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From: "Anna M. MacDonald" <>
Subject: [NOVA-SCOTIA-L] Cont'd. 1907 Sealing Schooner Crews
Date: Thu, 1 Apr 1999 18:31:30 -0400 (AST)

Continuing on with the article in The Evening Mail, Tuesday, 27 August
1907, pp.1, 6:

Schooner Baden Poweel, built at Lunenburg in 1900, tonnage 94.
Captain - John ANDERSON, Newfoundland.
1st Mate - Clemens B. CHRISTIAN, Upper Prospect.
2nd Mate - Thomas DOWNEY, Burgeo, Nfld.
Hunters and boat steerers -
E. MISENER, Liscombe;
Francis FAULKNER, Devil's Island;
Fred HARTLING, Port Dufferin;
Albert POTTER, Devil's Island;
Ewart LINDEN, Sweden;
Robert HIRTLE, Lahave, Lunenburg co;
Oland BUSHEN, West Dublin;
Love DAUPHINEE, Tantallon, Halifax.
(No cook and steward was listed in the article - AMacD.)

Schooner E.B. Marvin, port of registry Victoria, B.C., tonnage 96.
Captain - J.A. HILTZ, Mahone Bay.
2nd Mate - THOMAS, Marie Joseph.
Cook and Steward - St. Clair SHUPE, Martin's Point, Lunenburg.
Cabin Boy - Charlie McLEAN, West Quoddy.
Hunters and boat steerers -
Charles F. CAINE, Halifax;
William JONES, Pictou;
Eddie GREGOIRE, Halifax;
Jacob MAITHUS, Riga, Finland;
John CODY, St. John's, Nfld;
Wilbur PARSONS, Halifax.

Schooner Beatrice L. Corku, built at Lunenburg in 1899, tonnage 81.
Captain - F.W. GILBERT, Victoria, B.C. Master signed August 20th. Three
of crew.
Hunters and boat steerers -
C. MORGAN, Seldon[Seldom?] Come By, Nfld;
Joseph WALSH, Prospect;
Harry McFARLANE, Pictou.

The schooner Village Belle is being built at Maitland, N.S. She is to be
about 99 tons. She will be commanded by Captain ROBINSON, formerly of the
Beatrice L. Corkum. None of her crew has yet been shipped.

It will be noticed that several persons hail from the same places in most
of the crews. This is due to the desire for companionship of old
acquaintances. One crew, that of the E. R. Balcom, has at least four
CHRISTIONS[CHRISTIANS] in it and probably many not Christians in name, but
in reality.

The men sign for a voyage of not more than one year in length. The owners
agree to give them the following rations: 3 quarters water; 1 lb. bread;
1 ounce tea; 1 ounce coffee; 2 ounces sugar, daily. Beef 1-1/2 lbs. 4
days of the week; Flour 1/4(1/2?) lb. 3 days of the week; Pork, ;1-1/4
lbs. 3 days a week; Peas 1/2 pint, 3 days of the week; Rice, 1/4 (1/2?)
lb. Saturday's. (The print is difficult to read for the measurements

The wages received vary. The cabin boy gets $15 a month with his board.
The hunters get $1.50 or $2.00 per skin, while the boat steerers and less
experienced men get 50 cents per skin. The hunters generally make up
some of the gap between the two remunerations by generous donations to the
less fortunate amateurs.

The captain, cook and cabin boy are usually the only occupants of the ship
during working hours. The mates and others all join in the slaughter,
receiving a fixed price per skin for all they kill.

The cook is paid $60 a month. He has no "trimmings" to his wages.

The close [of the] season for seals above latitude 50 is from January 15th
to March 10th. The men agree to kill no seals north of that latitude
between those dates.

They also agree to pack and land for shipment all skins taken during the

The pay as a rule is good and the payment on their return of a lump sum is
a great inducement to many to ship.

The fleet leaves considerable money in Halifax each year. The outfitting
of more than half a dozen largely manned vessels for long periods of time
keeps trade to a large extent in certain circles. Halifax citizens will
wish successful voyages to the hardy men who are starting to reap the
harvest of the sea.

That's the end of this article although I will be posting more later to
finish up 1907 with respect to the sealers. Later articles show that not
everyone decided to go on the voyage, one ship was lost and a man drowned.
It was a tough life.

Anna M. MacDonald, Dartmouth, NS

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