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.
When I heard that the latest topic for the Canadian Carnival of Genealogy was Black Sheep Canadian Ancestors – I was sure I’d have to sit this one out. Almost all of my ancestors have been hard-working farmers with gigantic families and very little free time for getting into mischief. But as I thought about it a little more I realized that I had once seen something interesting in a short family history paper my father wrote for an anthropology course back in the late 1940s. He was interviewing his parents about their early married life during the depression years and there were two short references to something my grandfather did to make a little extra cash on the side.
By way of background , I’d like to mention that my grandfather was Rosaire Theriault and his father was the Phlippe Theriault whose difficult life I discussed in Smile For The Camera – The Noble Life Unfortunately my grandfather’s life was, if anything , even more difficult. Rosaire was the fifth of 11 children born to Philippe and his first wife Tharsile Plourde and he was orphaned at the age of only 6 years old. Rosaire grew up in the household of his father and step-mother Mathilde Theriault who went on to have ten more children. by all accounts his father, mother and step mother were all hard working people, but times were hard and Rosaire spent his childhood travelling from mill town to mill town throughout northern Quebec and northwestern new Brunswick, as his father looking for work in the lumber industry. At the young age of 13, Rosaire left home and spent years in the lumber camps and mills, until he was sent overseas for World War I. Evidently he had learned about more than lumbering and soldiering during his youth. Here’s what he has to say about how he made a living between 1918 and 1921. Continue reading
Draggers in Port – Caraquet, New Brunswick
Caraquet’s position on Chaleurs Bay was ideal for Early Acadian Pioneers and it also attracted many fishermen from the Channel Islands. One shore of Chaleurs Bay is in Quebec and the other in New Brunswick and it has long been known as a rich fishing area.
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Caraquet is not just a farming community. it sits on the Baie des Chaleurs – a magnificent fishing region, – so early Acadian settlers could harvest both the land and the sea.
Detail: Men working on a beach – I believe with a winch to bring a boat up onto the beach.
Detail: A Fishing Boat
In most old Gaspe, Quebec fishing postcards, the fish cleaning tables were set on the beaches.
Here we see wooden tables and wooden kegs right out on the wharf.
Most of these fishing families were of French-Canadians or Jersey origin.
Comments from readers | Commentaires des lecteurs
A beautiful picture. A place, I am very familiar with. It looks very different now. My house is less than 50 feet from the water line. It is one of the most beautiful places in Canada. Very interesting; where the bay meets the river, salt and fresh water meet.The scenery is georgeous the mountains and beaches are beautiful.A place one must visit. Patricia Ste.Croix Anett
C’est une bien belle carte. J’adore ce petit village de pêcheurs en Gaspésie. Il avait surement beaucoup de charme et a dû bien changé. J’aime bien ses couleurs monochrome-vertes. Tu vas rire, Evelyn Yvonne si je te dis que cette région m’a été révélée par l’emission de Nicolas le cuisinier lorsqu’il se déplaçait au domicile d’apprentis cuisiniers. Je le trouvais bien sympathique, et bien moins “guindé” que nos cuisiniers étoilés. Je me souviens aussi d’une chronique culinaire avec un spirituel Daniel Pinard. Catherine (Blog: the Five Of Us)