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title Running the Lines
creator MacDonald, Edward
subject Island Magazine
subject Prince Edward Island Museum
description In April, 1903, a reporter from the Charlottetown Daily Examiner witnessed a spectacle that most Islanders would still have found somewhat exotic, the opening day of the Island lobster season. The resulting account, which appeared in the April 25, 1903 edition of the paper, is re-printed below. The annual event lost nothing in the re-telling. The now-unknown reporter's article combines the romance of the sea, the excitement of a yacht race, and the fascination of the unusual. In its way, it is a rather romanticized portrait of the undertaking, full of night sounds, and white sails, and hardy seamen. Missing are the less colorful realities of running the lines: the often bitter cold, the drudgery, and the heavy manual labour. Nevertheless, it was the spirit of the event that the reporter set out to capture, and in that, he succeeds. He also intended to inform as well as to entertain, and in doing so, he has left us a valuable record of a major turn-of-the-century Island industry.
publisher Prince Edward Island Museum
date 1986
type Document
format application/pdf
identifier vre:islemag-batch2-249
source 19
language en_US
rights Please note that this material is being presented for the sole purpose of research and private study. Any other use requires the permission of the copyright holder(s), and questions regarding copyright are the responsibility of the user.

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title Running the Lines
creator MacDonald, Edward
subject Island Magazine
subject Prince Edward Island Museum
description In April, 1903, a reporter from the Charlottetown Daily Examiner witnessed a spectacle that most Islanders would still have found somewhat exotic, the opening day of the Island lobster season. The resulting account, which appeared in the April 25, 1903 edition of the paper, is re-printed below. The annual event lost nothing in the re-telling. The now-unknown reporter's article combines the romance of the sea, the excitement of a yacht race, and the fascination of the unusual. In its way, it is a rather romanticized portrait of the undertaking, full of night sounds, and white sails, and hardy seamen. Missing are the less colorful realities of running the lines: the often bitter cold, the drudgery, and the heavy manual labour. Nevertheless, it was the spirit of the event that the reporter set out to capture, and in that, he succeeds. He also intended to inform as well as to entertain, and in doing so, he has left us a valuable record of a major turn-of-the-century Island industry.
publisher Prince Edward Island Museum
date 1986
type Document
format application/pdf
identifier vre:islemag-batch2-249
source 19
language en_US
rights Please note that this material is being presented for the sole purpose of research and private study. Any other use requires the permission of the copyright holder(s), and questions regarding copyright are the responsibility of the user.