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Hay, James B.
TitleHay, James B.
Scope and Content of FondsThis ship's log of the H.M.S. Buzzard, dated January to June 1893, is Volume II of a two-volume set which was offered for sale by D and E Lake of Toronto. (Volume I of the set, dated September 1867 to February 1872, has no - Newfoundland content and was not purchased by Archives and Special Collections.) The logs were kept by James B. Hay, Midshipman. On May 13, 1893, the ship was at St. Pierre and from - there went to St. John's, Harbour Grace, Trinity, Seldom-Come-By, Bide Arm, Canada Bay, Northeast Grouse (Degrat), Cape Rouge Harbour, and Croque (Croc). The St. Pierre- - Newfoundland account occupies 19 pages and includes details of a number of inspections, receptions and local personages. There are two pages describing the effects of the 1892 fire in St. John's, Newfoundland: "The town of St. - John's is in the process of being rebuilt after the disastrous fire of the last year, but so far as one can see they have not (unlike Vancouver) proposed thereby to make much - improvement in its design - The houses now being built are chiefly of wood; many of those destroyed were of brick or stone...One of the remarkable things about the fire was the rapidity of its spread...The Town caught fire about 1/3 of its - distance from the West End, and houses, especially the Contagious Diseases Hospital about 1/2 Mile east of the Town on Signal Hill, was on fire almost before it had thoroughly gained - its footing in the Town itself..." Hay includes two views of Newfoundland: "Iceberg and Field Ice off Bell Island N.F. June 9th 1893" and "Englee Harbour from Bide Arm" 12/4/93 - with note: "Sea fog drifting into Canada Harbour N.F."
Author of Finding AidWeir, Gail, 1948-
Date of Finding Aid1993
Resource TypeFinding Aid
CollectionArchives and Special Collections Finding Aids (EAD)
SponsorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Libraries. Archives and Special Collections Division
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