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A list of names of all Masters, Servants, and Dieters
residing in the District of Ferryland
for the Winter of 1799 & Spring 1800



This document contains a listing of all individuals who were employed in Ferryland District during the fishery "off season" of 1799/1800. In Newfoundland, because of severe weather conditions, most fishing activities had to be suspended late in the fall and could not resume again until the following spring. However, basic (but necessary) labor activities such as cutting and gathering of firewood and rails, posts, timbers, longers, etc. for repair to fishing premises were relegated to unskilled workers at this time of year. In addition, tradesmen were employed to carry out skilled work, such as coopering (barrel making), blockmaking, repair and building of fishing boats etc. , in preparation for the next fishing season. This employment, which for many provided only the basis necessities of food and some form of shelter, was a means of survival from one year to the next. A full record for each settlement may be viewed by clicking on the settlement name in the document summary below. It reads as follows:



The Number of
Masters Servants & Dieters in each Harbour &Ca in the district of Ferryland.
 No. of MastersNo. of ServantsNo of Dieters
Capeland Bay3743
Cape Broyle41557
Ferryland 13th August 1800
Robert Carter Justice Peace

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