..And on the Boats

 Motorized boats were embraced much more quickly than the car was, coming into favour around 1910. They allowed fishermen access to the deeper waters of the strait when they had previously been limited to fishing inland with their dories. There were 166 boats with engines on PEI in 1910, and by 1914, the number had ballooned to 1,170.20. Whitman Daly wrote about engines in his memoir, recalling that John D. MacLeod brought the first engine to Murray River in 1904. Hammond Nicolle bought one that year as well, and apparently the Guardian reported that he and his son Lea were the first on the Island to use a gas engine on a fishing boat. It was different from the engines we’re familiar with today; it was a 3 horsepower engine, that “ operated at full speed or no speed”, and had no carburetor. Two years later, Murray Harbour got its first engine when Elliot Lumsden bought a 5 horsepower engine from Boston.21. The next few years brought a slow but constant trickle of engines to the fleets. The lobster dories that had been powered by sails and manpower had virtually disappeared by 192020. but that didn’t mean that sailing vessels disappeared. In fact, photos of Murray Harbour show that sailing ships were popular well into the 1960’s. Many people continued to use schooners to trade with nearby ports, and to fish further from shore. 

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