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What It Takes to Fit a Craft


Wednesday, April 25, 1923

New Sch. Columbia Ready For Fishing
Capt. Geele Will Delay Sailing Until Tomorrow Morning
What It Takes to Fit a Craft for Salt Fishing

Although the new schooner, Columbia, will be ready in time to make her maiden trip to sea tonight, an indisposition to Capt. Geele, and the fact that a head wind ins blowing from the northeast, will make a delay of some hours in her departure from port. Tomorrow morning unless something unforeseen occurs, the gray hulled schooner will sail out of the harbor, on her maiden trip, point her bow east half south, and make a run for Seal island tonight.

Her sails will be bent this afternoon, and her final outfitting completed, then she will lie at her berth, waiting for the morrow, when it is expected many crafts will follow her outside of the breakwater, and watch her course from vantage points along the shore.

Below decks, stowed in the hold, cabin and forecastle of the Columbia, is a miniature grocery and outfitting store and few people realize the amount of supplies put on board of one of these schooners in getting her ready. For instance, one item is 600 pounds of tobacco, and this in addition to what the individual members of the crew will take along themselves,. Capt. Geele himself having ordered this amount, and when the schooner returns, but little of the supply will be left, for the fishermen are great users of tobacco.

An idea of what the Columbia will take as supplies is shown by the following partial list of her supplies as furnished by the Atlantic Supply Company, who are fitting out the schooner:

16 barrels of flour, 1100 pounds of sugar, 60 pounds of tea, 40 pounds of coffee, 7 bushels of beans, 75 pounds raisins, 100 cans of evaporated apples, 120 gallons of kerosene, 16 cases of milk, 15 gallons of molasses, 1 bushel of dry beans, 50 pounds of rice, 60 bushels of potatoes, 150 pounds of onions, 5 bushels of turnips, 11 barrels of beef, 1 barrel of corned shoulders, 300 pounds of salt spare ribs, 1 barrel of salt port, 200 pounds of smoked ham, four cases of eggs, 300 cans of beets, squash, blueberries, string bean, clams, corn, peas, peaches, and tomatoes, 40 pounds of crackers, 40 pounds of baking powder, 15 cans of cream of tartar, 15 pounds of saleratus, from two to four pounds each of nutmeg, pepper, allspice, clove, ginger, cassia, mustard, etc.; 20 packages of corn starch, 30 boxes of salt, 60 pounds of jam, 30 pounds of lemon pie filling, 20 pounds of mince meat, 24 bottles of lemon extract, 24 bottles of vanilla extract, 25 pounds of prunes, 48 packages of pudding, 24 bottles of ketchup, 12 mugs of prepared mustard, 25 packages of currants, 15 pounds of barley, 25 pounds of evaporated peaches, 100 pounds of fresh meat, 24 pounds of cheese and 100 pounds of slack salted pollock, also 40 bars of soap, 25 packages of washing powder, 24 packages of soap powder, 24 gross matches.

In addition to the supplies for the men are included six tons of coal, four feet of wood, 450 hogsheads of salt, three gross of wax candles, 20 yards toweling, 25 years of torch wicking, one dozen torches, four coils buoy line, 30 dozen seven-pound lines, 10 dozen 22-pound lines, 700 pounds of lead to be melted and used for jigger hooks, 24 dory gaffs, 18 fish forks, 20 pairs of oars, 32 10-pound anchors, 20 gallons of gasolene, 36 pairs of rubber boots, 20 dozen pairs of cotton gloves, five dozen pairs cotton mitts, 150 yards cotton cloth for dory sails, four dozen suits of oil skins, one dozen oiled petticoats, 24 bail buckets, 28 mattresses, 24 water jugs, besides the dishes, silverware, crockery, cooking utensils, tools, dory tackle and painters, etc.



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