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Page 71 - Shipwrecks at White Point: From a Talk with Bob Fitzgerald

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1989/8/1 (187 reads)

it here in a vessel and he'd trade, for fish, for flour and clothing and stuff, whatever. (Sort of like a little depart? ment store.) Yeah, he'd have the stuff for freighting aboard the boat. There was no money used. It was all trade. (He'd be getting fish--anything else?) Oh yes, all kinds--well, they'd have salmon, I suppose, and barrelled mackerel and bar? relled herring, and all of that kind of stuff. And dried fish. And green fish in bulk. They'd have all of that. And they'd trade with him for flour and for molasses and for pork and beans and clothing-- whatever that he had aboard. (Clothing and furniture, that kind of thing?) Well, no furniture, no. They made all their own furniture in those days, my son. There were no spring-bottom beds, and no noth? ing, then. They nailed up a bunk to the side of the wall, and they put boards in the bottom of it and filled it full of hay, 9 chances of 10,* and that was the mattress that they had. Damn lucky to have that. But Capt. John, he lost a vessel at White Point. Her name was the Annie. And where she was lost is still known at White Point --that's down--you know where the wharf is at White Point--see it on the picture there. Down the first point below that, there's a big sunken rock out in front of the point there. And it's always been known ever since as the Annie Rock. And that's where she was lost. (Any special reason why she was lost, why he struck there?) Gale of wind. She was lost in a gale of storm. He couldn't get out, and she went ashore over there. He was anchored, and she drug and went ashore there. (That happened often there.) Oh, yes. Well you see, there's no engines in them. There was no power. And when the wind came on them--a gale of wind--in, they couldn't get out. There was no way for them to get out. (In all of these shipwrecks that we've just told, nobody was hurt.) No, no. There was nobody--nobody ever was hurt in any of them. There was nobody drowned at White Point, in shipwrecks, far as that went. Nobody ever was. There were a lot of ships lost there, and vessels, but there was no? body ever drowned. (And how about local people when they were fishing? Was there ever any time when they got caught out, didn't get back in?) Oh yes, there was time--well, you've got one in your last magazine...Rob Dixon. It just blew away. You've got the story of it in your last magazine. (See "With John J. and Sadie Theriault" in Issue 50 of CAPE BRETON'S MAGAZINE.) That was Sadie (Theriault)'s father. And him, and his son, were blown away. There were fishing boats all at White Point, fishing in the fall--they were fall fish? ing. And that was in December. They went out fishing. There were no engines then. 'OStSf S Reserve Mines, Nova Scotia ce CT'TZN CO-OP Building Supplies Wr 'r 1 CTATiniVI .QT PORT MAWI'P.QmiRY - (y1?ty.9f%nn Manufacturers of Quality HARBOUR HOMES MIH) Pointing the Way to Better Living We've been building quality into our homes for more than 32 years. Over 40 Home Plans to Choose from You've Got Experience STATION ST., PORT HAWKESBURY - 625-2600 KING'S ROAD, SYDNEY - 539-6410 ciD CI • ILJF='IVI.'I>slQ INDUSTRIES Thermoglider Windows PLAN ON PANELING Plan on paneling withCanfor pre-finished plywood paneling. Easy to install, each 4' X 8' panel looks like authentic Ash, Pecan, Cedar & Oak, and can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth. Next time, plan on Cantor. Building IMateriais Horizontal Slider & Basement Windows Picture Windows Awning Windows Casement Windows Entrance Systems on Your Side
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