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EXTRACTS FROM CAPTAIN HAMILTON'S REPORT TO THE ADMIRAL AND GOVERNOR, RELATIVE TO THE FISHERIES, 1863.
(EXTRACT FROM JOURNAL OF HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY, 1864, Appendix, page 470.)
H.M. Ship Vesuvius,
St. John's, Newfoundland.
September 30th, 1863.
The season for the fisheries being over, it is with much pleasure I am able to announce to Your Excellency that there has been a great improvement over the past two summers. I have visited the Labrador Coast from Bradore to North West River, at the head of Hamilton Inlet, or Gros Water Bay, as it is more commonly called by the fishermen, and I think the catch of cod will average 100 quintals a man. The catch of salmon has been very large, particularly at Chateau and Sandwich Bays: in the latter 1500 tierces were caught, principally in Eagle River, where 34,000 lbs. have been preserved fresh. Messrs. Hunt have also established two other posts for preserving, at Paradise and Divers Islands; and next year they intend commencing at Cape St. Francis. It is a valuable branch of the fisheries, giving much more employment than simply catching and pickling the fish, as during the winter the tinmen are employed making the tinware, and other men making boxes, and preparing firewood for the boilers; they also make at Eagle River large quantities of tinware, which is much sought after by Newfoundlanders who fish in the vicinity, as being far superior to anything of the sort they can get at St. John's. Messrs. Hunt have a branch establishment in Davis's Inlet, about 120 miles beyond Cape Harrison, and the Hudson's Bay Company one at Kypecocke, 70 miles beyond it, where they trade with the Esquimaux for skins, oil and salmon. The Hudson's Bay Company have posts at Rigolette and North, West River, in Hamilton Inlet, and also posts in the interior, about 300 miles; from these they bring the furs collected from the Nescopi Indians down to North West River every year. Numbers of seals are caught every spring, at the upper part of the Inlet, by the residents and Mountaineer
Indians; the latter at other times live in the mountains on each side of the Inlet, occasionally visiting the ports to barter skins for ammunition, &c.
I have, etc.,
(Signed) R. VESEY HAMILTON.
Captain and Sr. Officer, Newfoundland.
Sir A. BANNERMAN,
P.S.—In reply to Your Excelleny's question I beg to inform you that I heard of no forcible opposition to the Collection of Revenue. The Agents, under instruction from the Merchants, made considerable difficulty, taking care, however, to keep within the Law. Considering it was the first attempt, for many years, to raise a revenue on the Labrador coast—it has been very successful, both with Merchants' establishments and trading vessels.
(Signed) R. VESEY HAMILTON.
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17th October, 1863. MINUTES OF NEWFOUNDLAND EXECUTIVE COUNCIL RESPECTING EMPLOYMENT OF H.M. “VESUVIUS.”