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From: Brent & Barb Pick <>
Subject: Re: [NOVA-SCOTIA-L] Cont'd. 1907 Sealing Schooner Crews
Date: Thu, 01 Apr 1999 15:43:12 -0700

Dear Anna,

Although none of our ancestors were listed in your posting, I found it a very
interesting article to read! Thanks for taking the time to submit it to the list for
all to enjoy.

Barb Pick
Brighton, CO

"Anna M. MacDonald" wrote:
> 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
> -AMacD.)
> 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
> voyage.
> 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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