Fonds ID458 - Survey of underwater historic resources

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Survey of underwater historic resources

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  • 1973-1976 (Creation)
    Allaby, Eric

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6 cm of textual records and maps

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(1943 -)

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Eric Allaby was born August 7, 1943, on Grand Manan Island, he graduated from Grand Manan High School and Acadia University (B.Sc., 1964). He became a teacher and worked as a diver. A Ford Foundation fellowship enabled him to research maritime history in North America and England. He was an underwater archaeologist with the National Museums of Canada (1973- 1976) and a founding member of the North American Society for Oceanic History. He has written several books and articles on marine history, including Shipbuilding in the Maritime Provinces, The August Gale, two Grand Manan Historians on shipwrecks around Grand Manan Island, and Grand Manan. He is a marine artist and has exhibited his work around the province. First elected October 13, 1987, as the Liberal MLA for Charlotte-Fundy, he was on numerous committees. Re-elected September 23, 1991, and again in September 11, 1995, for the new riding of Fundy Isles. He chaired the government caucus (1997-1999). He was re-elected June 7, 1999, and served on several committees, and as Opposition House Leader. He was re-elected for a fifth term June 9, 2003. His riding of Fundy Isles was merged with the riding of fellow Liberal Rick Doucet to form Charlotte - The Isles in the 2006 redistribution of boundaries. As a result, Allaby chose not to seek re-election in the 2006 election. In 2007, he was named to the board of directors for the New Brunswick Provincial Capital Commission. Eric Allaby and his wife Berneta reside in Grand Manan, N.B. They have a son and a daughter.
Eric was the curator at the Grand Manan Museum and many of his sketches describing underwater archaeology around the Grand Manan Archipelago are on permanent display. This map shows Eric's love for sharing his knowledge with others and he has published many maps describing Grand Manan and her history.
Source: Biographies of Members, Legislative Assembly, New Brunswick, 55th Legislature, 2004.
Source: Wikipedia

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The fonds consists of maps, monthly reports for the survey of underwater historical resources and various reports relating to the survey. There are monthly reports, 1974-1976 and some photocopies of monthly reports from 1973. The reports describe methods and list publications and institutions consulted. Some include drawings of artifacts and the January and February 1976 reports include colour photographs and descriptions of china from the wreck of barque "Wallace" lost in 1841 and another vessel, possibly "Duke of Kent" wrecked near the Dixon Rocks in the Murr Ledges, Grand Manan Island, N.B. The June 1975 report includes underwater colour photos of "Wallace", "Mavourneen" and "Hestia" wreckage sites.

There are maps prepared by Eric Allaby. One titled "Some vessels wrecked around the coast of New Brunswick" pinpoints the exact locations ships went down mostly off the southwest coast. The names and types of the ships are included in a key with the date they were wrecked. There are ships as early as "Le Machault" in 1760 and as recent as the schooner "Kings County" in 1936. Other maps and diagrams include wreckage layout of the "S.S. Hestia", elevation of the brig "Glide", wreck layouts of the barque "Mavourneen" and the vessel "Britannia" and site assembly and elevation of the "Pocosi".

A report of a seminar to discuss the survey, held on Grand Manan on 10-15 June 1974 is included. There is also a copy of "The Role of Canadian Conservation in Underwater Heritage", 4 April 1975, a presentation to the Advisory Board for the Atlantic Region, Canadian Conservation Institute on the need to conserve New Brunswick shipwrecks. It includes diagrams and maps about the wreck of "Glide".

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