Fonds MG73 - Grand Manan Boat Club

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Grand Manan Boat Club

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  • 1895-1900 (Creation)
    Grand Manan Boat Club

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5 cm of textual records

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(n.d.; active in late-19th and early-20th centuries)

Administrative history

The memories of the Grand Manan Boat Club have been lost to time. A succinct historical sketch is found in the article “Shaping the Island Society,” in “Grand Manan Historian, No. XIII: At the Turn of the Century (1877-1905)”. According to the article, boat racing increased in popularity after the gasoline engine made its first appearance on the Island in 1907, though races were held well before this. The reason for this increase appears to be the increased leisure time that gasoline engines afforded to those who made their living from the sea.
The article refers to the testimony of Chester Allen Dixon, who, writing in the St. Croix Courier in November of 1958, recalled the favourite boats of the earlier races. According to Dixon, the most popular boat was the “William E. Gladstone,” owned by Capt. Judson Guptill of Grand Harbour, which perhaps reached the height of her popularity in 1898. The vessel, built in Saint John, NB, was the only Grand Manan scooner to win a “Quoddy River” race in competition against Deer Island and Campobello boats. Races were usually held on May 24 or July 1, and the course started at Grand Harbour, with waypoints at White Head, Black Rock, Seal Cove Sound, and through the Narrows at Wood Island (in that order), before racing back to Grand Harbour. Race rules were drawn up by Capt. Warren Cheney of White Head, who was also active in raising money for trophies for the winners. The article also lists the following competitors in these races:

  • “The B and C” of Capt. Warren Cheney
  • “Rheta and Rhonda” of Capt. Isaac Newton
  • “Arminta” of Capt. Judson Guptill
  • “Hector” of Capt. Loren Wilson
  • “Tramp” of Capt. Daniel McLaughlin
  • “Valkyrie” of Capt. Melvin Benson
  • “Ethel and Carrie” of Capt. Albert Wooster
  • “Solitaire” of Capt. Allen O. Guptill
  • “Ena and Elsie” of Capt. Colin Harvey
  • “Britannia” of Capt. Frank Sinclair

Custodial history

Information about the custody of these records prior to acquisition is incomplete. These records were stored by the Grand Manan Museum before the Grand Manan Archives was created in 1987, at which time the records were transferred. It was accessioned in 1996.

Scope and content

This fonds includes the Club's Rules and Regulations, information on and results of challenge races and sailings for the years 1895; 1897; 1898; and 1899. Racing reports, names of boats and owners listed, and minutes of meetings are included as well as letters of resignation to the club over disciplinary conduct and disqualification of boats.

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Previously held in MG7 Social History under 'Associations'. In 2006, the fonds has been redescribed as a part of a RAD redescription project.

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