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Page 60 - Bill Forbrigger and Coastal Schooners

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1985/1/1 (196 reads)

Patrick's Channel. I loaded a lot in Nyan- za. I loaded a lot in Little Narrows. Buck- law. Carried railroad ties from there, too, to Sydney. St. Patrick's Channel and Nyan- za and Baddeck and Big Harbour--I carried lumber from all those places. Kempt Head. (Was it difficult to get a load?) No, no, no--it was all right. I never had any trouble. (So while the season was on, you were on the go.) All the time. The last year I carried coal steady from Pictou to Canso. Slack coal over to the fish plant, Maritime Fish Plant. (Where did you get the money to buy your own schooner?) Oh, saving it up. The schoo? ners didn't run the year round, you know. It I GE SAVINGS VEHICLES Dodge Trucks are Ram Tough in '85. Mmsx '' 4 EASTLAND PLYMOUTH CHRYSLER LTD iTIymoulfil Welton St., Sydney Phone 539-2280 [Chrysler! "we DIDN'T want to be the biggest, just the best" |chrysler| We just ran till, oh, sometimes till New Year's. Old Christmas. We used to tie up then at Lower River Inhabitants. Freeze in for the winter. Then after that, I'd go to work in the fish plant in Hawkesbury. I liked work. I did mostly anything. I worked in the shed--loading fish, unload? ing sawdust, working a lot of overtime, too. I got all the overtime I could get. Ten hours a day for $1.25 a day. I liked to work--days weren't long enough. They're still not long enough. It was hard work. When you're young you don't mind working, anyway. It was cold. I wasn't putting any hands in fish; that wasn't my work at all. We did mostly load? ing in cars. And we cut ice for the same I plant in the winter, too, in the harbour there--a big pond there--it's all filled in now. But that was the hard work, loading big bob? sleighs. Two men with ice hooks, loading them on those high sleighs--boy, your old arms were tired in the night. And we were shacking. There was a bunch of men in an old place you could see through the roof, hard old place. Yet there were bunks there, and you cooked your own meals. Took the fish from the fish plant and cooked them yourself. We took bread from home. And meat and stuff, we got that at the stores right close. Just what they call bunks, made out of boards. (Mattress?) A kind of a bag full of hay, I'd call it. Oh, you were warm e- nough, when you cov? ered up. (So you would do that for the winter.) Not all winter, but part. Then we had wood to cut in the woods for the winter, my father and I. Go in the _woods for a couple of weeks, cut 40 loads of wood, and haul it out. Big "two-top-mas? ter" to haul it out-- an ox! We'd cut about 40 loads. Some for that winter and some for next, too. Hard? wood. We'd bum both, green and dry pulp. (Did you do any work on the schooner CONTINUED For all your truck needs contact the truck specialists at Eastland Chrysler Limited. DODGE EXCLUSIVE CANADA'S BEST TRUCKWARRANTY 5YR/80,OOOkm PROTECTION 1. ENGINE AND POWERTRAIN 2. OUTER PANEL CORROSION SEE DEALER FOR DETAILS ATNOEXIRACOSr TRUCKS Dodge
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