Collection MG110 - Hector Weir Oral History

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Hector Weir Oral History

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  • 2006 (Creation)

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2 pages of textual records : handwritten

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The "Hector" Weir was a fish trap located off the shores of Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick just off the outlet of Big Pond at the anchorage Provincial Park. It was first built before 1897. The elected officers of the Hector Weir Co. that were recorded on 6 March 1897 were : F.M. Gordon, Secretary; Frank Benson, Boss; James Ingersoll; Second boss. A list of owners of shares was not recorded.

It is unknown who or what it was named after. Weirs were expensive to establish and maintain. Most weirs have a number of people with shares in the weir to share the expenses and revenues. The "Hector" was (re)built in 1948. It was then owned by Lore (Pat) Cook, Gerald & Glen McLaughlin, Hazen Daggett & Harvey Bleumortier. Workers who helped maintain the weir were Owen Ingalls Jr., Irving Green, Bill Bagley, Gale McLaughlin, Hazen Daggett, Earle Daggett, Ashton Fleet, Morris Ingersoll, and Harvie Cook.

The Hector weir had two bunts, meaning there were two weirs fastened together with a fence between them. they used to get $15 or $25 per hogshead of herring (hogshead is the measure used for every 1250 pounds of herring). In 1950, the price started out at $30 (per hogshead) then because there were so many herring, the price went down to $5 (per hogshead). The weir fished until 1956.

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This fonds consists of original handwritten (and typed copy) of the oral interview with Owen Ingalls Jr. about the Hector Weir. No sound recordings were made.

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Natalie Urquhart, Archival Assistant, conducted an oral interview for the Grand Manan Archives to preserve the local history of the Hector Weir.


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Natalie Urquhart

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