People of the Sea
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From bestselling author Clarence Vautier comes more stories of unsung heroes: the fishermen who made a living off the sea in Atlantic Canada. These stories are the biographies, family histories, and photograph collections of twenty-two highliners. During the twentieth century, these were the elite fishermen who consistently sailed home with the largest catches taken from the waters off Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. Of course, with success often comes a price, and many of these brave fishermen lost their lives while engaged in what is still the most dangerous industry in the world. This book is a tribute to the men, women, and families who lived and died for the cold Atlantic waters.
schooner captain named Ralph Skinner. At the time, Captain Skinner was in command of the MV Jennie Elizabeth, a 12-dory banker owned by the Petite firm. Captain Skinner agreed and took William on board as kedgie, a job that required him to remain on the schooner and help with trawls, fish, and any other chores given to him as the dories were off setting and hauling trawl. William did well aboard the MV Jennie Elizabeth and stayed on board as kegdie, hoping to get a chance aboard a dory. Then
Georges Bank. The crew consisted of: Owen Grandy, Master, Garnish, NL, and Halifax, NS Arthur Dunphy, Engineer, Ingonish, NS Silias Lawrence, Cook, Harbour Breton, NL Harvey Taylor, Masthead Man, Bickerton, NS Clem Richard, Sticker/Harpooner, Charles Cove, NS Clayton Harpell, Doryman, Bickerton, NS As well, there were five other dorymen from various places around Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Captain Grandy and his crew had great success in the MV Muriel Isabel, fishing for swordfish on
command of Captain Roland Penny. The weather condition consisted of gale- to storm-force northeasterly winds and snow. The first couple of hours after leaving port were uneventful. At 3: 30 a.m. the watch was relieved by the first mate. The wind was still gale- to storm force from the northeast, with seas 25 to 30 feet. At 3: 45, the crew of the Patrick Morris sighted some debris. At this time the “on scene commander” of the search was taken over by the MV Patrick Morris and the MV Gulf Gerd was
fishery and operated inshore from a small speedboat. In spring of 1998, the fishery was reopened and quotas were put in place to control the amount of cod that was being caught. The reopening of the fishery was a welcome sight in the eyes of many fishermen: Wilfred Mauger Jr. was one of them. Unfortunately Wilfred Jr. would have no idea what the future would hold for him. On the morning of October 5, 1998, the fishing boats from along the southwest coast were coming and going to the fishing
terrible accident heard Alfred Bond’s cry for help, but there was nothing they could do. Alfred Bond was just 27 years old at the time and unmarried. As for the John A. McGowan and her remaining crew, they were battered by the storm for several more days until finally becoming disabled. After days of being tossed about in the North Atlantic, a freighter named the Delta came upon them, drifting helplessly near Port Morien, Cape Breton Island. The Delta secured a tow line to the John A. McGowan