A trip to Tur­navik

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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


by David Bin­ney Put­nam.

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