Saturday, October 7, 2017

GRAND MANAN: Tuna, sharks and whales ... fishing in 1934

Southern Weirs Hold the Record
Ten tuna fish were taken from the "Dock" weir at Flagg's Cove one day recently, and several more on other occasions, it is said. The first tuna caught were shipped to Portland but the venture did not prove remunerative enough to the shippers due to excessive transportation charges. The tuna more recently taken were given away to neighbors of the weir owners, and those who liked the flesh enjoyed a feast indeed. North Head weirs are noted for their catching of big fish, and recently another large shark was taken in the same weir which produced a monstrous shark some time ago, the liver from which filled a dory. These weirs, however, are just a whit behind those of the southern part of the parish. A good sized whale was taken in the "Big Weir'' located at Inner Wood Island not long ago. The mammal was killed and towed from the weir by Captain Harry Harvey and crew of the Wood Island Life Saving Station. Whales or sharks, however, it's all in the day's work for the weir fishermen who rarely express surprise at anything they find inside the enclosures. (St. Croix Courier 1934)

GEOLOGY: Old 1872 Grand Manan Copper Mine reopened in 1964


A Toronto group who have been diamond drilling and prospecting on the Island since early spring recently opened the entrance to the old copper mine at Sloop Cove on the Western side of Grand Manan. This mine opened in 1872 by British interests actually operated for a short time with the ore shipped by sailing vessel to England where it was processed. It was said at the time that the ore was of a very high copper content. After a few ship loads operations ceased, no one seems to know why, probably due to dwindling demand at that time. The mine shaft entered the face of the high clifts on Grand Manan's western shore from the beach and it is reported that after removal of the fallen rock blocking the entrance the tunnel was found to be in good condition. Some years ago a number of tools were found on the beach and the older residents remember when the shaft entrance was plainly visible. ( Courier. Oct.8 1964)

REFERENCES:
E. J. CHAPMANREPORT ON THE COPPER DEPOSIT OF GRAND MANAN, BAY OF FUNDY. 
T.O.H. Patrick EXPLORATION OF GRAND MANAN ISLAND FOR KEEVIL MINING GROUP LIMITED , 1964

LINKS:
More information on Grand Manan Geology:
http://earth2geologists.net/grandmanangeology/index.htm

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Crew of the Schooner Madagasca Saw a Great Snake



 The Schooner Madagasca arrived at Lubec last week with a cargo of coal. The crew of the schooner in a casual way mentioned a strange animal seen off the coast of Cutler, Me. When questioned they related in a straightforward manner the incident.

Two of the crew who saw the animal vouchsafe the truth of the following: During the morning watch, at about 6 0'clock, July 28th, while standing along under easy sail, ma king about four miles an hour, an object was seen on the starboard bow, which at first was thought by the man on lookout to be a large log. As the vessel drew nearer, the sailor, Edward Ray, formerly of Ellsworth, called the mate's attention to the object, saying he thought he saw the thing move. The mate, Len Armstrong, formerly a resident of and well known in Lubec, glanced in the direction pointed out and saw what he supposed to be a log floating upon the surface. As the course they were steering would bring them close alongside the floating mass the men gave little heed to it, but when within a few fathoms and near enough for a biscuit to have been tossed upon it, great was the astonishment of the two sailors to see the supposed log raise a snake-like head, give them one glance from a pair of glassy-eyes and glide with a sinuous, serpent-like movement away from the vessel. So close had they approached the reptiIe that every detail could be minutely noted. In shape the creature resembled a monstrous snake and was at least 30 feet long. Its body, covered with scales, was of a brownish green hue, and glistened in the rays of the sun. Extending along its back, from head to tail, was a spinal protuberance, consisting of innumerable points, seemingly formed of an extension of the back bone. Near the head and growing above the spine, was a thick, dark fin about the size of a man's hand. As nearly as could be estimated the creature's body was two feet in diameter, tapering slightly at the head and very noticeably at the tail. Apparently the body was of a uniformly greenish brown color both above and below. The two men had ample time to examine all these details, as, after moving off a short distance, the serpent lay quiet upon the water for some minutes, only lifting its head to gaze at the schooner. For half an hour or more the men watched the strange monster, which occasionally made a quick movement through the water, but going only a short distance each time. It appeared to be quite fearless, evincing little alarm at the sight of the vessel, and remained upon the surface of the water. St. Croix Courier, August 8, 1901

Friday, March 17, 2017

POSTER Abandoned on Campobello

Abandoned Campobello
ART PRINTS: Abandoned Campobello
Abandoned and wrecked boats are common around our shores. This simple lobster boat began its journey on Campobello Island

POSTERS: Fishing Boats on the Bay of Fundy. William Bradford, 1860

Enjoy art at reasonable poster prices. This delightful painting is by William Bradford, circa 1860.

Fishing Boats on the Bay of Fundy
2 pages, published 3/17/2017
William Bradford was a famous marine artist. this scene shows fishing activity in the Bay of Fundy during the sailing era.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

EXPLORE: Pirate Ed Lowe and the Treasures of Isle haute

Pirate Ed Lowe and the Treasures on Isle Haute
8 pages, published 3/17/2017
Isle Haute is a wild isolated island at the mouth of Minas Basin in the Bay of Fundy. Documents suggest that Pirate Edward Lowe visited the island and buried treasure there.

EXPLORE: Planning a trip? Don't miss our Downeast lighthouses online guide

Planning a trip?

Here's most of the lighthouses from Massachusetts to Newfoundland courtesy of Google My Maps and the many contributors to this effort. Enlarge the map and click on each for more details about individual lighthouses. 





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Download Google's "My Map" app on your phone or tablet and search for "Downeast Lighthouses". Presto, you can access all of this information. Click through to the weblink where you will find detailed information about most lighthouses.