Item 89-1188-19383 - Captain John MacDonald and sons, Gabarus

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Captain John MacDonald and sons, Gabarus

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CA BI MG 12.224-89-1188-19383

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1 photograph : b&w

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Item is a photograph of Captain John MacDonald sailing in his boat with his sons William, Dan and Charlie. Photograph taken by G. Fred Mann.

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Captain John MacDonald wasn't a fisherman but ran the schooners, the Apaco and the Molly to the Caribbean, Boston, and up and down the shore of Nova Scotia. He shared a story with his family about one especially eager passenger. In 1902, the community of Gabarus had a number of Roman Catholic families but no Roman Catholic Church, so the families collected money and charged one man, Joe, with accompanying Captain MacDonald to Halifax to buy the goods and to seek out donations from Halifax merchants and businessmen. After the journey to Halifax was completed and the goods were loaded on the vessel, the Captain found that his Joe was missing so the crew left the ship to search for him. After a little while, Joe was found, but without any donations. One crew member explained the circumstances simply, stating that they "found him in a cat house - money all gone!"

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