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Page 66 - Shipwrecks at White Point: From a Talk with Bob Fitzgerald

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1989/8/1 (172 reads)

SIlipwrecks at White Point continued from inside front cover could be salvaged, and the coal salvaged. And so he never stopped. And we were in school. And the school was right above the beach. You know where Kel? son lives--well, that's where he piled her up, on the beach right below Kelson's, where Kelson is living today. And the school was right there. The old church was the school, you know. White Point--the old church. And, "My God!" the teacher told us, "My God, there's a big vessel on the shore!" I don't remember whether we asked permission or not, but everybody took to the door. And out we went, and run for the edge of the bank. And a great big vessel ashore, on the beach, with all the sails on her. Nobody could realize what it was. And by that time they were in dories and boats and everything, coming from the pier--everybody making for her. We never went back in school that evening--that's the last--no use for the teacher to try and get us. We didn't only go to the top of the bank, we kept going over the bank, right to the shore. Great big schooner loaded with coal. Now she laid there for a long time. And Mr. Williams--you know that owned the buildings there that I showed you in the (painting)--Mr. Williams bid her in-- bought her--salvage. He bought her and he Whale Cruises CHETICAMP Scenic 3-Hour Boat Tours * June to October 3 Times a Day In July & August Contact Capt. Bill Crawford, Cheticamp Boat Tours, Box 10. Grand Etang, NovaScotia B0E1L0 (902)224-3376 Stripped her. He owned her. He bought her from the sal? vage company. And he took the masts out of her--the spars. Took all the sails off her. He tried to get some of the coal out of her--he got some. Now, she| was a big schooner, lot of coal in her. Loaded with coal-- loaded to the hatches. Well, Mr. Williams got some out of her. But then it come a storm. And it come a storm and beat her up. And the coal was washing ashore in the sea, in windrows on the beach. And then everybody was there trying to get all the coal that they could. And there was--Newfoundland schoon? ers were in there fishing, tied up to the wharf at White Point. It was in the sum? mertime. And they were on the shore. And they had bags, and they had boxes and bar? rels. And everybody was out to their mid? dle, trying to shovel coal in the sea! And we salvaged all the coal that we could. Everybody had coal enough for the winter. Well then, old Mr. Williams couldn't do anything about it. When the coal was coming ashore, it was nothing to him--he couldn't stop us. No way. Because she had beat up, and the coal was in the WE HAVE INFORMATION ON YOUR PROPERTY - AND YOU SHOULD KNOW WHAT IT IS! We have over 20 pieces of information on every number you see on this map, and we have a number on every property in Cape Breton, Richmond, Victoria, and Inverness Counties. That means we have a number on every property in Cape Breton Island. ~ A SERVICE WORTH INVESTIGATING ~ Land Registration and Information Service Property Mapping and Records Division 66 Wentworth Street, Sydney, N. 8. B1P 6T4 CONTROL SYSTEM of concrete monuments for surveying BASE MAPS: Orthophoto for rural areas, Line Maps for cities, town, villages PROPERTY MAPS with boundary information and ownership information REGISTRY ASSISTANCE for government and private users Your Property Is Our Business • Ask Us About It TELEPHONE (902) 563-2280 or 563-2281 From BADDECK An Agency of the Council of Maritime Premiers 66
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