Arthur Holdsworth (1668-1726), fishing admiral

Arthur Holdsworth (1668-1726), fishing admiral
Fishing admirals governed British citizens at Newfoundland and Labrador until 1729. Each spring, the master of the first ship to enter a Newfoundland and Labrador harbour became the highest-ranking English authority, or admiral, of that harbour for the season. Arthur Holdsworth served as fishing admiral of St. John's harbour in 1700.

Courtesy of Gordon Handcock, St. John's, Newfoundland. Original in the possession of Cmdr. Holdsworth, Holbeam Mill, East Ogwell, Devon.

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