– Historic Images of New Brunswick –
Pulp and paper industry
Bathurst Mill (Gloucester, New Brunswick)
so I thought I would use the opportunity to share another vintage black and white postcard of Shippagan, New Brunswick. Quite a contrast to Lynne’s glossy fish cards, don’t you think !
L’Industrie de Peche – Codfish at Shippigan, N.B.
Pioneers from Jersey/Guernsey, Channel Islands
who settled in Shippegan and Caraquet
Joshua Alexandre & Mary Jane LeBrocq
Francis Alexandre & Viatrice Robichaud
Charles M. Brien & Marie Blanche Nixon
Jean Butler (Bouthillier) & (1) Anne Benoit & (2) Marguerite Poirier
Tom Cabot & Annie Sutherland
Charles Delagarde & Venerante Robichaud
Perry Dumaresq & Delphine Arseneau
Amice Duval & Esther Rouet
Guillaume Egre (Gray) & Vitalin Paulin
Joseph Galluchon/Duguay & Theodoree Losier
Rene LeBouthillier & Angelique Giraud (maybe!)
John Mourant & (1) Jane Isabella Battam & (2) Marguerite Theriault
John Picot & Adeline Mailloux
Philip Rive & Catherine Lawlor Dwyer
Georges Sivret & Appoline Chiasson
Andrew Travers & Julie Cormier
Place-names on this map:
Bathurst-Beresford-Bonaventure – Caraquet
Cascapedia-Dalhousie-Jacquet R. – Miscou
New Carlisle-Pabos-Paspebiac – Pokemouche-Port Daniel
Saumarez – Shipegan(Chipagan, Shippagan, Shippegan) – Tracady(Tracadie)
Rapkin, John, fl. 1845-51. East Canada and New Brunswick /
the map drawn & engraved by J. Rapkin ;
the illustrations by H. Warren & engraved by J.B. Allen?. —
Scale [ca. 1:2 661 120] (W 74º–W 64º/N 48º–N 46º). —
London [England] ; Edinburgh ; Dublin : J. & F. Tallis, [1857?].
1 map : hand col. ; 22 x 30 cm. on sheet 28 x 35 cm.
LOCATION: G3402.S3 1857 R3 RBD Map
What does a bag of peat moss have to do with Shippegan – land of fishermen? We already know that when our ancestors first settled in the Shippegan area, they were there to harvest the sea (especially cod) – certainly not to farm the land which was poorly suited to most types of agriculture.
Nowadays it turns out that the land itself can also be “harvested”. I’m talking about the peat moss. Peat moss is in great demand today – especially by organic gardeners – and Shippegan peat moss is particularly valued!
Western Peat Moss, Shippagan
“… the vast plains of Shippagan had been considered a serious handicap to the growth of the community. People could not foresee that these plains would one day be the basis of a flourishing peat moss industry. Since 1942, various companies such as Fafard, Western, Atlantic and others have successfully processed and marketed peat moss from thousands of acres in Shippagan and surrounding area, giving employment to hundreds of workers.”
If you skim through our Ward/Luce and other Canadian Jersey lines you’ll notice that there’s a lot of movement between Gaspe and Shippegan/Miscou. Nowadays, we see these as two places – one in Quebec and one in New Brunswick – but to the fishermen of centuries past, all the land around the Baie des Chaleurs was seen as one large region bordering fertile fisheries.
Partie du Canada ou se trouvent le Fleuve St.Laurent/Didier Robert de Vaugondy
Robert de Vaugondy, Didier, 1723-1786.
Partie du Canada où se trouvent le Fleuve St. Laurent et La Nouvelle Ecosse?. —
Scale [ca. 1:5 800 000] (W 76º–W 61º/N 52º–N 44º). — [Paris : s.n., 1769].
1 map : hand col. ; 17 x 22 cm.
LOCATION: G3402.S3 1769 R6 RBD Map
This map of Lamecque, Miscou and Shippegan is taken from W.F. Ganong’s “The History of Miscou and Shippegan” which was originally published in 1908. It lies in modern-day Gloucester County, New Brunswick, Canada.
Chipagan, Shippagan, Shippegan
A Canadian Family Surnames
connected to Shippagan/Shippegan
Aylward Chiasson David Doucet Duguay
Frenette Gionet Goupil Guignard Jones Landry
Larocque Leclerc Leger Mallet Morais Noel Paulin
Plourde Beloni Poulin Robichaud Roussel Savoie Sivret
Theriault Topham Vallee Ward Witzell
Yesterday I showed you a vintage postcard of Shippegan, New Brunswick and this evening Phil Thibodeau was kind enough to leave a comment in which he shared his memories of the Cafe Royale. They’re so interesting that I thought I’d give him a post of his own. Here’s what M.Thibodeau has to say:
“In the mid-fifties I used to deliver pop each summer to the Café Royale. I worked for Pepsi products bottled by Bosca and Buraglia in East Bathurst. Café Royale and the theater there were big customers.
I ate at the restaurant and once slept upstairs because the next day we had to go to Miscou Island to deliver more pop.
Café Royale had the best fish meal, cod in cornmeal. It was so good, served with soup, choice of tomato soup or green pea soup. I can still see the big industrial cook stove. Everyone there was so nice. Happy and friendly to this teenager who was small and looked younger than 16. Even til this day I consider it the best fish meal and I am a cook now. Whenever I go to Shippegan I remember that experience.
My Aunt, Yvonne Thibodeau, in Bathurst NB had a car like the one in the photo. I would wash it for her. It’s a GM product – Pontiac or Chev maybe 1952″.
I see that M. Thibodeau runs a B&B called the Toute Saisons in Pointe Verte, New Brunswick. Looks like a great place to stay the next time I visit Shippegan and area!
This early twentieth century postcard depicts the Cafe Royal in Shippegan (County Gloucester, New Brunswick). There is no publisher indicated on the background – just the words “Made in England” and “Post Card / Carte Postale”. Perhaps this card was privately published as an advertisement for the Cafe Royal? Continue reading