Newfoundland Voyages in Foreign Newspapers and Journals

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Newfoundland Voyages in Foreign Newspapers and Journals. ( Incomplete. )


A few lines demonstrating early Newfoundland voyages from foreign newspapers/journals. Transcribed and contributed by David Anstey, March 2017.
While I have endeavored to be as correct as humanly possible, there may be errors.


The Boston Gazette (1719–1798) was a newspaper published in Boston, Massachusetts, in the British North American colonies.

Newfoundland voyages in this paper, remain out of the public eye. A very few Newfoundland pertinent lines are gleaned in this file. Some expatriate Newfoundlander in the United States may develop a complete file of these Newfoundland voyages, for the public eye at some future date. Similar situation for the Pennsylvania Gazette.

The Boston Gazette, Number 896. Monday March 7, to Monday March 14, 1737.
Custom House, Boston, March 5. Outward Bound. Vardar for Newfoundland.
*Anthony Varder at Little Belle Isle, Conception Bay, 1708.

The Boston Gazette, Number 899. Monday March 28, to Monday April 4, 1737.
Custom House, Boston, April 2. Cleared Out: Gross and Gybaut for Newfoundland.
*Le Gros/Le Grole? or Le Cras and Gibault/Gilbert. ?Captain Abraham Gibault?
*"Jacques Remon and Marguerite Gibaut were Godparents to William Snow, a son of William Snow and Rachael Gibaut; bap Nov 4, 1663,
St. Lawrence, Jersey, Channel Islands." From Snow to Snow. By James G. Snow. New York. 1984.
In sometimes typical fashion: if one of these families were involved within the early Newfoundland Fishery, involvement of the others may be expected concurrently. Research should document such.
*Captain William Snow as below here, had Channel Island relatives: Gybault, Remon, Mauger/Major, etc.
*John Butler's March 2, 1773, Will; mentions ownership of St. John's Rooms. ...John Mayor's Room called Palliser's Present, and the Room called Nichol's Gulch...

The Boston Gazette. No. 918. Monday Aug 8, to Monday Aug 15, 1737.
Custom House Boston, Aug 13, 1737. Outward Bound. Waters, Emmett and Soper for Newfoundland.
*Lloyd's List of March 13, 1743. Arrived at Dartmouth, from Newfoundland, the vessels "Kingston" & "John", both by Captains Emmett.
*Lloyd's List of July 30, 1744. Arrived at Lisbon, the vessel "Kingston, Captain Hammett, from Newfoundland.
*Lloyd's List of Sep 21, 1744. Arrived at Exmouth?, from Newfoundland, the vessel "Boston", Captain Hammet.
*Lloyd's List of August 31, 1744. Captain Soper, the "Young Ceres", Dartmouth, Devon.
*Staverton baptisms. July 22, 1722. Ann Soper, daughter of John of St Mary Church, born at Ferryland 4 Nov 1710, in Newfoundland.
*No Soper listed at Newfoundland, 1708.
*Edward Waters, Harbour Grace Planter, 1708.
*Google Books: Tudor and Stuart Devon: The Common Estate and Government : Essays Presented ... edited by Todd Gray, Margery M. Rowe, Audrey M. Erskine. Page 190.
William Hammett, the master of the Francis of Dartmouth, and the master of a ship from the Bay of Biscay: while both vessels were fishing in Conception Bay at Newfoundland during the summer of 1627 a hat, some tobacco and a pistol were exchanged by Hammett for four "shallops" ( most probably a silver coin worth
about 18 shillings ) from the Basque mariner.
*[ ?most probably four shallops = 4 fishing boats? ] Where in CB, did Hammett use four shallops, during fishing. Where did he cure his hand-lined codfish?

The Boston Gazette. No. 926. Monday Oct 3, to Monday Oct 10, 1737.
Newport, Oct 7. Entered In. Beauchamp from Newfoundland.
http://www.islandregister.com/daw1.html
Isaac Daw wed Rebecca Beecham, born about 1757 Bareneed, Newfoundland.
John Beauchamp of Bareneed, 1849. Report of the Newfoundland Church Society, Nov 1st, 1849. { Situate between Batten and Boone. }

The Boston Gazette, Number 958. Monday May 15, to Monday May 22, 1738.
Custom House Boston, May 20, 1738. Outward Bound: Dumaresque for Newfoundland. Cleared Out: Smith and Webber for Newfoundland.

The Boston Gazette, Number 962. Monday June 12, to Monday June 19, 1738.
New York June 12, 1738 : Entered In: Cornel(l) from Newfoundland.
*Captain Daniel Cornell, Bristol to St. John's, early 1700's.

The Boston Gazette, Number 970. Monday August 14, to Monday August 21, 1738.
We have an Account by the way of Philadelphia, that on the 3rd Instant arrived there the "Rose" of London, Captain Peter Croak Commander,
who gives an Account, That on his Voyage from Newfoundland thither, he espied a Sail who made Signals of Distress : whereupon he made up to her,
and took on Board his own Vessel the Men, being 61 in Number, when he had no sooner done, but the said Vessel foundered in the Sea. The Persons
thus preserved informed him, They were for the most part Indentured Servants and set sail from Cork for Boston, the 29th of March last, on board
said vessel, of which William Stockdale had been Master...
* ...the designation “indentured servant” signifies that the individual immigrated...
*http://ngb.chebucto.org/Legal-Documents/court-eng-robert-bartlett-1837.shtml

The Boston Gazette, Number 974. Monday September 18, to Monday September 25, 1738.
Custom House Boston. September 23, 1738. Entered In: Viscount from Newfoundland.

The Boston Gazette, Number 978. Monday October 2, to Monday October 9, 1738.
Salem, October 7. Entered In: Hammatt from Newfoundland.

The Boston Gazette, Issues 989-1083 Monday Dec 3, to Monday Dec 10, 1739.
Custom House Boston. Dec 8, 1739. Entered Inwards. Dawse/Douse from Newfoundland. ?Out of Dublin, Ireland?
*While mentioning the surname Dawe(s), a consideration…
* [ If ] Coveyduck got to Port de Grave, Newfoundland; from Christchurch, Hampshire: then what about family Dawe?

The Boston Gazette And County Journal. Monday, October 9, 1775, edition.
Waterford, June 23, 1775.
In consequence of the present unhappy and melancholy disputes between England and her Colonies, the people in Newfoundland are in extreme want of provisions. The "Hercules", Captain Thompson, in ballast: and the "Byron", Captain Reeves, with salt, arrived here from St. John's, in order to carry over with all possible speed, 40 tons of bread and a quanity of other necessaries, to that harbour. Yesterday the "Valentine", Captain Nowlan, also arrived here from St. John's, for bread, etc.
*?Captain Thompson of the "Hercules", for merchant Hunter of Glasgow_Greenock and Newfoundland?
*Lloyd's Register of 1778. "Byron", Captains J. Reeves/W. Mortimer, Dartmouth - Newfoundland. 140 Tons. Built at Boston, 1770. For: Spark(es) & Co.
*Lloyd's Register of 1778. "Valentine", Captain T. Nowlan, Waterford - Newfoundland. 100 Tons. Built in America. in 1767. For: Smith & Co.

Two early journals were published at Leghorn in the 1750's, by Filippo Venuti (1706-1768 ).
The Magazzino Italiano ( 1752 - 1753 ), and the Magazzino Toscano ( 1754 - 1757 ). *The first journal includes ships arriving from the Newfoundland Fishery.

Foreign newspapers containing Newfoundland voyages, together with Lloyd's Lists and other sources, have revealed a relationship permeating the early Newfoundland Fishery. Between the family of [Le Boutillier_Le Boteler_Butler] of Guernsey, and the family of Snow.
The lines gleaned below here from the "Magazzino Italiano", assists to reveal Captain William Snow voyaging to Harbour Grace for Nicholas Fiott, in the "Charming Nancy" during 1760's.
Separately, Lloyd's Lists reveal a relationship between John Boteler/Butler and Snow, below here. Out to Newfoundland "in serious company" of each other.
Is there any significance of this association, reflected in the Port de Grave Butler family? Or is it simply coincidental? Should one write: if a coincidence, it is of some associative magnitude. Further research and or DNA anyone? What info is contained in the Channel Island Boteler “Last Will and Testaments”?
Thomas Snow captained the "Willing Mind". Nicholas Fiott owned a vessel named "Willing Mind".

The Diocese of Winchester held administrative authority over the Channel Islands of Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney and Sark.
Stemming from this hierarchy, plural relationships developed between Hampshire and the Channel Islands, some permeating early Newfoundland settlement.
Early Jersey mariners most commonly voyaged between the Island of Jersey, and the English seaport of Southampton. Sometimes averaged circa three trips per week.

Early Jersey/Guernsey mariners fished in Trinity and Conception Bays, Newfoundland, as evidenced by the early Census'.
To a greater degree, in Trinity Bay. An incomplete listine here:
*Trinity Bay = John Le Cras(s) & Henry Le Cras(s) of Jersey, Nicholas Bailhache of Jersey, Thomas Bailey & Peter Bayley of Jersey,
John Nichols of Jersey, Edward Marriott of Jersey, Peter ?? of Guernsey, John ?Bandinel? of Jersey, John Le Brown of Jersey,
Daniel & Elias Pollard of Guernsey.
*Conception Bay = John Bandinel of Guernsey at Carbonier, 1675. John Snow of Jersey at Kelly's Island, 1708.
Apparently most or all, of the Jersey merchants in early Newfoundland, were interrelated.
Long-term relationships, spanning decades and centuries; brought many early merchants and settlers to Newfoundland.

The quiet adventurers in Canada - Marion G. Turk - 1979. Page 49.
In 1743 Nicholas Fiott of Jersey was trading with both Newfoundland and Gaspe Peninsula.

Nicholas Fiott of Jersey and Harbour Grace, Newfoundland; voyaged to Leghorn [Livorno], Italy, in 1752.
( Leghorn in English. Livorno in Italian. )

Magazzino Italiano, 1752. Page 198.
Vessel arrivals at Livorno[Leghorn]; Italy, from Terranova[Newfoundland]. Oct/Nov, 1752. Page 198.
The Nave "S. Giorgio", Captain Niccolo' Darby from S. Gio[ St. John's ]. Per Holder & Jermy. [ Nicholas Darby, out of Bristol. ]
The Nave "Willing Mind", Captain Nicco-la Fiott from Harbour Grace. Per Lefroy & Charron. [ Nicholas Fiott, out of the Island of Jersey. ]
The Nave "Susanna", Captain Giovanni Pearcy from Carbonear. Per Gio. Becher. [ John Pearcy, out of Poole, Dorset; for Green. ]
The Nave "Swan", Captain Phillipo De Carteret from Harbour Grace. Per Sapte & Desmaretz. [ Out of Jersey. Relative of Nicholas Fiott. ]
The Nave "Industria", Captain Filippe Wibert from Brigus. Per Lefroy & Charron. [Phillip Vibert] ( Surname corruption? Vibert/Wibert/Wiber/Webber. )
The Nave "Drake", Captain Gio. Lemon from Trinity. Per Gio. Becher. [ John Lemon, out of Poole, Dorset. ]
The Nave "Sorelle", Captain Roger Oliver from S. Gio[ St. John's ]. Per Lefroy & Charron. ( Captain Oliver, out of Guernsey? Dartmouth, Devon? )

Arrivals at Livorno[Leghorn], Italy, from Terranova. Nov/Dec, 1752. Page 236.
The Nave "Susanna", Captain Elias Cole from S. Gio[ St. John's]. Per Willis & Panton. ( Captain Cole, out of Dartmouth, Devon? )
The Nave, "Molly", Captain Gideon Fiott from Harbour Grace. Per Lefroy & Charron. [ Gideon Fiott, out of the Island of Jersey. ]
The Nave "l' Artur, e Maria", Captain Giorgie Redford from S. Gio[ St. John's ]. Per Lefroy & Charron. ( "Arthur & Mary", of Dartmouth, Devon? )
The Nave "Adventura", Captain Guglielmo Munday from Bonavista. Per Gio. Becher. [ William Munday, out of Poole, Dorset, for Joseph White. ]

*In 1746, Snow captained a vessel "St. George", Guernsey to Newfoundland. In company with Captain Butler of the "Prince of Wales", sometime Guernsey Privateer.
*Nicholas Darby, above in 1752 sailed a vessel named the "St. George". ?Coincidence? Darby was a Channel Island surname.
*Lefroy a Leghorn banker. Charron also? French Protestant Huguenots.
*Becher, Sapte, Desmaretz, Chiron, Willis & Panton, etc., were Leghorn merchants.
*Some of these merchant houses at Leghorn, may have had British origins.
*Vesconte/Visconte and Vibert voyaged to Leghorn, from Newfoundland and Jersey; in the 1740's. Captains of the vessel "Seaflower".
*Vibert at Brigus. Vibert - Le Boteler marriages at Channel Islands. This line and other realizations, may question whether a coincidence, or reality?

*Did Captain Toogood also captain the vessel "Adventure" to Bonavista? ?For Joseph White of Poole, Dorset?
*Lloyd's List Nov 15, 1751, edition. Arrived at Poole, from Newfoundland, the vessel "Adventure", Captain Toogood.
*Lloyd's List Apr 3, 1752, edition. Sailed from Poole for Newfoundland on March 30th, the vessel "Adventure", Captain Toogood.
*Lloyd's List Dec 19, 1752, edition. Arrived at Poole, from Lisbon, the vessel "Adventure", Captain Toogood.
*Lloyd's List Dec 22, 1747, edition. These ships from Newfoundland for Poole, are lost:
"George" Captain Durrell, 350 Leagues West of the Lizard.
"King William" Captain Toogood, at Twillingate................. ( Captain William Toogood, out of Poole? ?For Joseph White? )
"Adventure" Captain White, for Kimeridge Ledge, near Weymouth, Dorset. John Slade’s vessels sometimes ported at Weymouth.

The Scots Magazine ..., Volume 20. Page 330. 1758. Charming Nancy, Captain Snow.

The General Evening Post: 1760. Charming Nancy, Captain Snow.

Page 16. 15 Sept 1759. From: Gov. Edwards (St. John’s). To: Nicholas Fiott (Harbour Grace). Ordered to pay the rent owed to Nicholas Journeaux for the plantation.

Page 199. 4 Oct 1763. From: (St. John’s). To: Nicholas Fiott (Harbour Grace), to come to court on the stated date because of Samuel Webber's complaint.


Page 312. 10 Sept 1765. From: Gov. Hugh Palliser, Jonathan Horsnaill (St. John’s). Nicholas Fiott is required to attend court in St. John’s on the stated date to give evidence to certain causes.

An Authentic Narrative of the Oppressions of the Islanders of Jersey: To ... By John Shebbeare. 1771.

Pages 17, 18, & 19. Charming Nancy. Nicholas Fiott. Feb, 1762. William Snow, late Commander.

Page 313. "Even Fish on the southern coast of Devonshire is to be purchased at half the price of what it is in Jersey:".

Page 314. "Their( Jersey's ) foreign commerce consists of the Newfoundland fishery, in which about forty-five ships are yearly employed.
The fish being sold either in Spain, Portugal, or Italy, the returns are for the most part in bullion, or money:
all the produce( of Spain, Portugal, & Italy ), both of the stockings industry, and the other commodities, ultimately settles in England.
On this account the commerical employment of no part of Great-Britain is more beneficial to the kingdom, respect being had to the degrees of its extent."

Phillip Lempriere oppressed Nicholas Fiott of Jersey and Harbour Grace, Newfoundland. John Boteler/Butler earlier captained for James Lempriere and Co.

Essex Institute Historical Collections, Volume 48. Essex Institute Press, 1912 - Essex County (Mass.) Page 74.

Bill of Exchange, dated Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, June 2, 1767, forty days sight draft, given by John Fiott for Nicholas Fiott & Co.
on De Gruchy & Le Breton, merchants, London, to William Lilly for 13 Pounds, 13 Shillings.

From Outpost to Outport: A Structural Analysis of the Jersey-Gaspˇ Cod ... By Rosemary E. Ommer. Pages 18 & 19.

"In 1670, Jerseymen were to be found only in small numbers in Trinity Bay."
"By 1775, Nicholas Fiott, a Jerseyman had become the fishing admiral at Harbour Grace." After the Treaty of Paris, Jersey firms set up on the Gaspe Peninsula.

A People of the sea: the maritime history of the Channel Islands. Alan G. Jamieson, Methuen, 1986. Pages 94 & 166.

"In 1677, John Andros and other Guernsey merchants petitioned the Lords of the Admiralty for the renewal of a pass for the "Charles" of Guernsey, ready for a voyage to Newfoundland and thence to the Straits."

May 19, 1778. Captain John Tocque on the Jersey privateer "Corbet", 70 tons/8 guns, for Nicholas Fiott, William Patriarche, & Thomas Hammond.


Some Old Fiott Papers
Mrs Nicholas Fiott nee Remon. (1732-1784)
Jeane Remon, the daughter of Edward Remon and Judith Jean of St Lawrence, Jersey. Born December 23, 1732.
Jeane wed her brother Jacques' business partner, Nicholas Fiott of St. Saviour, in June, 1772.
William Snow captained vessels to Newfoundland for Nicholas Fiott.

July 1, 1761.
Ship: Tartar. Commander: John Fiott. Burden: 130 tons. Crew: 16. Owners: Nicholas Fiott and Mrs. Jane Remon of Jersey, merchants.

Transactions of La Société Guernesiaise. 1987.

Jersey vessels like Gybault's normally took Lymington, Hampshire; salt, to Newfoundland.
In 1746, the “Seaflower”, Captain Abraham Gybault/Gibault carried 4000 bushels of Lymington salt to Boston.

Several Lloyd's List extractions, which are demonstrative of close relations, between Snow and Boteler/Butler. Guernsey to Newfoundland. 1740's. Any there any further similar stats out there?

March 6, 1743, edition.
Arrived at Guernsey, from Leghorn, the vessel "Prince of Wales", Captain Boutlier/Butler. [Le Boteler_Le Boutillier].

Oct 23, 1744, edition.
Arrived at Guernsey, from Newfoundland, the vessel "Prince of Wales", Captain Botelier/Butler.

May 19, 1747, edition.
*****Arrived in the Downs, from Jersey, the vessels: "Molly", Captain Snow, & "Prince of Wales", Le Boutilier/Butler, Guernsey Privateer.

Nov 10, 1747, edition.
Arrived at Newfoundland, from Guernsey, the vessels: "Prince of Wales", Captain Le Boutelier/Butler; & "St. George", Captain Snow.

Dec 15, 1747, edition.
Arrived at Lisbon, from Newfoundland, the vessel "Seaflower", Captain Vibert. ( Vibert/Wibert/Wiber/Webber? )

Jan 10, 1748, edition.
Remained at the Downs for Jersey, the vessel "Sarah", Captain Cronier.

May 13, 1748, edition.
*****Arrived at Gibralter, from Leghorn, the vessels: "Molly", Captain Snow, & "Prince of Wales", Le Boutilier/Butler.

June 3, 1748, edition.
Arrived at Jersey, from Leghorn, the vessels: "Molly", Captain Snow, & "Prince of Wales", Le Boutilier/Butler.

Dec 16, 1748, edition.

Arrived at Leghorn, from Newfoundland, the vessels: "Molly", Captain Snow, & "Prince of Wales", Le Boutilier/Butler. Note: Two trips in this year, demonstrated.

November 24, 1749, edition.
Arrived at Leghorn from Newfoundland, the vessels "Mary", Captain Fiat[Fiott]; "Don Antonio", Captain Durrell; "Anna Maria", Captain Winter, etc.

April 3, 1750, edition.
Arrived at Antigua from Boston, the vessel "Sarah", Captain Gybault/Gibault.

May 25, 1750, edition.
Arrived at Southampton from Jersey, the vessel "Mary", Captain Vibert. Arrived at Antigua from Boston, the vessel "Postillion", Captain Coombes. Cleared out from Antigua for Boston, the vessel "Sarah", Captain Gybault.

Oct 9, 1750, edition.
Arrived at Lisbon from Newfoundland, the vessel "Sarah", Captain Boutiler.

Dec 4, 1750, edition.
Arrived at Leghorn from Newfoundland, the vessel "Molly", Captain Fiot[Fiott].

Oct 11, 1751, edition.
Arrived at Oporto from Newfoundland, the vessel "Willing Mind", Captain Fiot[Fiott].

Jan 10, 1752, edition.
Arrived at Leghorn from Newfoundland, the vessel "Molly", Captain Fiot[Fiott].

July 7, 1752, edition.
Arrived at Newfoundland from Jersey, the vessels: "Swan", Carteret; "Sarah", Boutilier; "Kingfisher", Barber; "Willingmind", Cronier;
"Greyhound", Vibert; "Magdalane", Coombs, "Sally" Remon; "Molly", Foit[Fiott], etc.
*Consider the "Port of Harbour Grace", including the fishing communities of Port de Grave, Brigus, etc.

Nov 15, 1752, edition.
Arrived at Leghorn from Newfoundland, the vessels "St. George", Captain Darby, and "Willingmind", Captain Fiot[Fiott].

Feb 16, 1753, edition.
Arrived at Gibralter from Leghorn, the vessel "Willingmind", Captain Fiat[Fiott].

April 3, 1753, edition.
Arrived at Lisbon from Leghorn, the vessel "Molly", Captain Fiat[Fiott].

June 19, 1753, edition.
Arrived at Gibralter from Leghorn, the vessel "Willingmind", Captain Fiat[Fiott].

Oct 26, 1753, edition.
Arrived at Cadiz from Newfoundland, the vessels "Sarah", Captain Batileer[Boutilier], and "Postillion", Captain Snow.

Dec 21, 1753, edition.
Arrived at Cadiz from Newfoundland, the vessel "Mary", Captain Snow.
Arrived at Jersey from Cadiz, the vessels "Postillion", Captain Snow, and "Sarah", Captain Botillier.
Arrived at Cork from Norway, the vessel "Peggy", Captain Fiat[Fiott].

Jan 24, 1755, edition.
Arrived at Cadiz from Leghorn, the vessel "Sarah", Captain Boutilier. Obviously Boutilier/Boteler/Butler captained for Nicholas Fiott, as Snow did.

March 28, 1755, edition.
Arrived at Falmouth from Jersey, the vessel "Sarah", Captain Fiat [Fiott].

May 16, 1755, edition.
Sailed from Falmouth for Newfoundland, the vessel "Sarah", Captain Fiott.

Nov 14, 1755, edition.
Arrived at Lisbon, from Newfoundland, the vessels "Adventure", Captain Munday, and "Sarah", Captain Fiatt[Fiott].

Jan 17, 1777, edition.

Arrived at Jersey, from Newfoundland, the vessel "Industry", Captain Remon.

Aug 29, 1783, edition.

*****Arrived at Jersey, from Rotterdam, the vessel "Industry", Captain Gibault. *Gilbert.

*Obviously Butler captained for Fiott, as well as Snow, Cronier, etc. *( There are no surviving Lloyd's Lists for 1754, 1756, or 1759. ) Guernsey Letters of Marque
14-04-1744 John Bontilier. "Prince of Wales". 180 tons. Crew of 30. James Lampriere and Company of Guernsey, merchants. 12 guns. [ Boutilier ]
14-04-1744 Thomas Snow. "Willing Mind". 40 tons. Crew of 70. James Romon and Company of Guernsey, merchants. 6 guns. [ Remon ]
*( Recall 1752 the "Willing Mind", Captain Nicholas Fiott at Leghorn above. )

Butler: One Old Name In One Old Place
"Thomas Butler, their son, was brought up in the family of Thomas Snow".

Heritage of a Newfoundland Outport, The Story of Port de Grave. 2006. Gerald Andrews. Chapter 11. Page 161.

"In 1743, Thomas Snow laid claim to a Port de Grave Plantation, on behalf of Thomas Butler, whom he had educated." Butler

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