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Scheme Of The Fishery detail, 1738 & 1771, for Notre Dame Bay area.


1. Captain Phillip Van Brugh’s “Scheme of the Fishery”, Fogo_Twillingate_1738.

*Colonial Office 194 Vol 10.

2. 1771 extracted Scheme of the Fishery information for: ( Fogo/Twillingate/Tilting Harbour, & Gander Bay ), combined.

*1779 author Miles, William Augustus, 1753?-1817.

Transcribed and contributed by David Anstey, September, 2019. While I have endeavored to be as correct as humanly possible, there may be errors.



1738 Fogo 1738 Twillingate 1771 Fogo/Twillingate
Tilting Harbor & Gander Bay
No. of British Fishing Ships
7
2
14
No. of Sack Ships (Ships seeking Freight)
4
3
3
Ships from America (Trading)
0
0
0
 
 
 
 
Burthern of Fishing Ships
630
160
1125
Burthern of Sack Ships
380
380
325
 
 
 
 
No. of Men belonging to the Fishing Ships
140
40
394
No. of Men belonging to the Sack Ships
40
30
29
Passengers of British Fishing Ships
70
50
-
 
 
 
 
No. of Passengers brought from England
-
-
145
No. of Passengers brought from Ireland
-
-
32
No. of Passengers brought from Jersey
* In British Shipping
-
-
-
 
 
 
 
No. of boats kept by British Fishing Ships
14
8
54
No. of boats kept by Bye-Boat Men
-
-
15
No. of boats kept by Inhabitants
24
16
72
 
 
 
 
No. of By Boat Men_Master
15
14
115
No. of By Boat Men_Servants
120
116
423
 
 
 
 
Quintals of Fish made by British Fishing Ships
7000
4000
9000
Quintals of Fish made by Bye-boatman
-
-
6000
Quintals of Fish made by Inhabitants
12000
8000
13100
 
 
 
 
Quintals of Fish carried to Foreign Markets
18800
12000
25000
Tierces of Salmon carried to Foreign Markets.
*Of the 425 Tierces, 230 came to Fogo from Hare Bay, near Goose Cove and St. Anthony. Endnote 1
90
-
425
 
 
 
 
Tons of Train Oil made by British Fishing Ships
40
20
29
Tons of Train Oil made by Bye-Boatman
-
-
8
Tons of Train Oil made by Inhabitants
60
40
38
 
 
 
 
Price of the Fish per Quintal
19 Rials
19 Rials
12 Shillings
Price of the Salmon per Tierce
2 lbs
-
40 Shillings
Price of the Train Oil per Ton
10 lbs
10 lbs
-
 
 
 
 
Value of Seal Oil made last winter
770 lbs
440 lbs
127 Tons
Value of Furs taken by the Inhabitants
300 lbs
100 lbs
70 lbs
Truck with the Indians
-
-
-
 
 
 
 
No of Stages
16
13
60
No of Train Vaats
16
13
60
 
 
 
 
No. of Families who keep Private Houses
21
16
49
No. of Families who keep Public Houses_Taverns
-
-
-
 
 
 
 
Estimate of Acres of Land Improved
*At Trinity Bay & Bonaventure 2 acres, At Bonavista 40 acres, 1738
-
-
-
 
 
 
 
No. of the Inhabitants_Masters
21
14
-
No. of the Inhabitants_Men Servants
121
114
-
No. of the Inhabitants_Mistresses
14
12
-
No. of the Inhabitants_Woman Servants
7
4
-
No. of the Inhabitants_Children
52
40
-
 
 
 
 
Remained in the Country in the winter:
 
 
 
       Masters
12
12
64
       Men Servants
70
90
215
       Mistresses
14
12
33
       Woman Servants
7
4
15
       Children
40
34
91
Total Remained on the Island in the Winter
143
152
418
 
 
 
 
Since the departure of the last Convoy:
 
 
 
       Born
12
9
2
       Dead
3
2
14
 
 
 
 
Roman Catholic Inhabitants
 
 
 
       Men
-
-
42
       Women
-
-
10
       Children
-
-
-

Endnotes:

1.

As in: Slade's men at Goose Cove ( Hare Bay ), near St. Anthony, 1785 & 1786. )

Persons in Newfoundland and Labrador in 1785 & 1786

*Peculiar Court of Sturminster Marshall, Admons. 1771. James Griffen of St. Antonio / St. Anthony, Newfoundland. Grantee: John Griffen, brother.

*John Gritten / Gritton wed Hannah Slade Dec 21, 1735 at Winfrith Newburgh.

*It appears that spellings Gritten and Griffen have become corrupted in the records.

*Anna Gretton wed Arthur Davis Dec 11, 1763 at Lady Mary, Wareham, Dorset.

*James Gritton wed Elizabeth Spratt on Dec 27, 1770.

2.

Per Colonial Office 194 Vol 9, page 168, in 1732 the merchants of Poole, Dorset, wrote the English Board of Trade asking for permission to import "seal oil".

Per Governor Phillip Van Brugh's 1738 Scheme of the fishery for Newfoundland, Fogo produced 770 Lbs worth of seal oil.  Twillingate produced 440 Lbs worth.  Bonavista produced 700 Lbs worth.  Old Perlican produced 120 Lbs.  The remaining Newfoundland communities produced minor amounts not worth listing, or none at all.

It becomes clear that Poole, Dorset based merchants, employed a large portion, if not all of the folk at Fogo/Twillingate circa the 1730's, in the English King's Newfoundland Fishery. It would be interesting to see the "name list" of Poole merchants who signed the 1732 letter for permission to import seal oil. Joseph White? Moses Durrell?

In the 1730’s William Kittier imported seals into Poole, Dorset; from Notre Dame Bay. Captain John Moor(e)s also imported seals into Poole, Dorset; from Trinity Bay, in this era.

3.

A more complete set of data from early Notre Dame Bay “Schemes of the Fishery”, would reveal population growth versus wartime periods, assist in forming a more complete picture of the fishing stations, etc.

4.

A good read at Google books:

Episodes in our early history: a lecture delivered on behalf of the St. John's Athenaeum, St. John's, Nfld, March 5, 1878.
Daniel Woodley Prowse, Morning Chronicle (St. John's, Nfld.)
Page 13.
The Jars of liquor and wine of those days was good, cheap, and plentiful. However, like the Newfoundland cows in cold weather, had a great tendency to run dry very early in the Spring.

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