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By John Fry

ISBN-10: 145971931X

ISBN-13: 9781459719316

The rigors and tribulations of a Canadian company titan in the course of a desirable interval in 19th-century Quebec.

A brain at Sea is an intimate window right into a vanished time while Canada was once one of the world’s nice maritime international locations. among 1856 and 1877, Henry Fry used to be the Lloyd’s agent for the St. Lawrence River, east of Montreal. The harbour coves less than his domestic in Quebec have been full of titanic rafts of reduce wooden, the river’s coastline sprawled with yards the place mammoth square-rigged ships – many owned by way of Fry – have been built.

As the president of Canada’s Dominion Board of exchange, Fry used to be on the epicentre of wealth and impression. His domestic urban of Quebec served because the capital of the province of Canada, whereas its port used to be usually the scene of uncooked criminal activity. He fought vigorously opposed to the abduction of sailors and the damaging perform of deck loading. He additionally battled opposed to and overcame his own demon – psychological melancholy – happening to write down many send histories and essays on U.S.-Canada relations.

Fry was once a colorful determine and a reformer who interacted with the recognized figures of the day, together with Lord and woman Dufferin, Sir John A. Macdonald, Wilfrid Laurier, and Sir Narcisse-Fortunat Belleau, Quebec’s lieutenant-governor.

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In the galley was the large range on and in which all of the cooking was done. There were three cooks working in the galley; one was the captain's cook, who cooked for the captain, his steward and boy; one was the wardroom cook, who cooked for the ten officers, the wardroom steward, and four boys; the third was the ship's cook, who cooked for the about sixty men of the crew, which consisted of the petty officers, seamen, ordinary seamen, and landsmen, firemen and coalheavers. The turret was twenty-one feet in diameter and nine feet high.

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