A trip to Turnavik
explorer, told David, “ This rising of the land is occurring a lot in the country down this way.”
David continued writing: “At one time, Turnavik was a very busy place.”
Captain Bob said to David, “Some years, we shipped 12,000 to 16,000 quintals of fish.”
For the uninitiated, David explained to his boy readers that a quintal is equal to 112 pounds.
“ We handled trout and salmon also,” Captain Bob added. “ Salmon are put up in a unit called a tierce, which weighs about 300 pounds, and the trout in barrels of 200 pounds.”
In Labrador, David explained, “ when someone says ‘ fish,’ they always mean cod. If you mean trout or salmon or anything else, you must say so, or else everyone takes it for granted you are talking about codfish.
“ Steamers and sailing vessels used to come into Turnavik and take the dried fish all the way to the Mediterranean markets. And in those days, 250 and more people and crowds of vessels and small boats were busy about the little island all summer, and I guess Captain Bartlett was pretty well the king of that part of the coast.”
On June 28, the Morrissey, with her occupants, left the Bartlett fishing station of Turnavik and worked herself north.
Burton K. Janes lives in Bay Roberts and can be reached by email at burtonj@ nfld. net
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by David Binney Putnam.