It was 90 years ago this week that COLUMBIA landed a trip of 350,000 pounds of salt cod for Gorton Pew. According to Gordon Thomas in Fast and Able (1952), it proved to be the last fare of salt fish landed by a Gloucester vessel and taken out at a Gloucester wharf. We can guess that much of the fare was processed into fish cakes, which at that time had been made famous by Gorton’s, who was running half-page ads in the New York Times for their canned Ready-to-Fry. “Feed a family for 25¢. Prepared in a few minutes.” The alternative – start soaking your salt cod the day before yesterday to have fish cakes today.
The fish had been caught by dory hand lining and COLUMBIA set off July 3rd 1927 on her second dory hand lining trip. She never returned. The crew:
Lewis Wharton, master, 57, married, Liverpool, N.S.
Rupert Bragg, cook, 46, married, 92 Dakota street, Dorchester
Arthur Firth, married 60, Shelburne, N.S.
James MacAloney, single, 24, Parrsboro, N.S.
Isaac Gould, married, 60, 31 1/2 Rogers Street, Gloucester
Colin Hawley, married, 30, Blackburn place, Gloucester
William Colp, Bucksport, Maine
Leo White, Bucksport, Maine
James McLeod, 63, Liverpool, N.S.
Foster McKay, single, 20, West Green Harbor, N.S.
Clayton Johnson, 26, West Green Harbor, N.S.
Joseph Mayo, 54, Halifax, N.S.
Thomas Hayden, 39, Shelburne, N.S.
Carroll Williams, married, West Green Harbor, N.S.
Enos Belong, 54, married, West Green Harbor, N.S.
George Williams, 56, Liverpool, N.S.
Frank Dedrick, 52, Shelburne, N.S.
Allison Firth, cachee, 17, Shelburne, N.S.
Samuel Belong, single, Green Harbor, N.S.
Robert Steward, married, Liverpool, N.S.
George H. Mayo, 28, Halifax N.S.
Charles L. Huskin, single, 39, Green Harbor, N.S.
Photo credit: Leslie Jones. “ COLUMBIA heading for the banks”
Boston Public Library: Accession# 08_06_007032