Victoria: Magnificat Primi Toni
by . Victoria
ISBN 0711922039 (0-7119-2203-9)
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Softcover, Chester Music, 2000
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Book summary: This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 Excerpt: ...included at the most a half dozen vessels, none of them visiting Behring Sea. In 1883 the Victoria Fleet was made up of nine vessels, but until 1884 none of them entered Behring Sea, keeping outside the three-mile limit. In the succeeding years the interest attracted much more attention, additional vessels were built, and schooners and hunters were brought along from Nova Scotia. Since 1886 the American official worriments have been continually practised, on which account the existing modus vivcndi has been entered into, and the Sealing Commission appointed. Probably there is no man in the Province better posted with respect to this entire business than the present able and courteous Collector of Customs, Mr. A. R. Milne, of Victoria, and to him thanks are due for information and statistics. In 1887 the Victoria sealing fleet numbered twenty-one vessels, of which five were seized by the notorious cutter, the Richard Rush. Among the seizures that year was that of the W. P. Sayward, the case of which is now before the United States Supreme Court. In 1888 the total catch of the Victoria sealers amounted to 24,483 skins, twenty-two vessels having cleared for Behring Sea from this port. There were engaged in sealing in 1889 twenty-two Victoria vessels, and ten foreign craft, including one carrying the German flag. The Victoria vessels had a value of $200,000, and employed close on 650 men. The catch amounted as follows: Spring, 6,917; Sand Point, 8,012; Behring Sea, 20,381; total, 35,310. In 1890 twenty-nine Canadian vessels, valued with their outfits at $265,985, and employing 678 men, comprised the sealing fleet. They returned, having made catches as follows: Coast, 4,650; Sand Point, 16,732; Behring Sea, 18,165; total, 39,547 skins. Six foreign schooners, whi...
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