Scraps of the Past:

Shipping News in Land-locked Red River Settlement:

wetPrinted in the Red River Settlement newspaper, The Nor’-Wester (15 March 1861), 4.


WreckLink to text of article, printed in The Nor’-Wester (28 December 1859), 2.


wreck of IndianLink to text of article, printed in The Nor’-Wester (28 January 1860), 3.


fearful gale

royal charter

screw steamer Indian

great eastern

fishing fortunr

“Miscellaneous Items,” The Nor’-Wester (14 February 1860), 1.


another expeditionLink to text of article, printed in The Nor’-Wester (14 February 1860), 1.


loss of eagleLink to text of article in The Nor’-Wester (14 February 1860), 4.


Donald Gunn‘s Description of Shipping Voyages from London to York Factory, transcribed from “How We Commenced Business,” Nor’-Wester (28 February 1860), 4.

“The navigation from London to York Factory is difficult and dangerous. After crossing the Atlantic, you meet with huge icebergs on the shores of Labrador, a collision with which, when the ship is running before the wind, would prove disastrous. And although the vessel should escape these icebergs without injury, she must encounter the pack-ice in the Straits, where some seasons she remains immovably fixed for weeks and is in the most imminent danger of being broken to pieces or sunk by the pressure of the huge floes. Nor is the danger over when the straits are passed. The ice in the Bay rushes from one quarter to another during the months of July and August, and when ships are so unfortunate as to become entangled in this drifting ice, they are so much retarded that their voyage from Britain becomes one of three or four months, seldom reaching York before the middle of August, and sometimes after the 24th of September. But notwith-standing all the danger here expressed and implied, we have no instances, during the last fifty years, of any ships having been lost on this voyaging, except one in the summer of 1819, and one (the Kitty) last summer. Almost all the property indented for, last year, by the settlers [at Red River], was on board the Kitty, amounting to nearly £10,000. Those who imported largely had their property insured, but few or none of the small importers had theirs.”


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3 Responses to Scraps of the Past:

  1. brittaya says:

    I just found your page and I must say it’s fantastic. What a great resource for someone like me, working on a family tree. I found your page by googling the location of the St Anne’s Anglican cemetery in Poplar Point, MB and noticed you had something about George Gunn. Henrietta Gunn was one of the wives of my great great grandfather Frank Larned Hunt. Fascinating stuff, I appreciate that you’ve shared this on your page!


  2. rayhunt says:

    readyourarticle believe maybe related wouldluvtosharelittle i knowof family history starting own treefather william r hunt from poplarpoint

    • brittaya says:

      Hi Ray, is there an email address where I might be able to get a hold of you? I have tons of information about the Hunt family if you are interested. I hope you see this comment!
      Take care,

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