By John Fry
The pains and tribulations of a Canadian enterprise titan in the course of a desirable interval in 19th-century Quebec.
A brain at Sea is an intimate window right into a vanished time whilst Canada was once one of the world’s nice maritime nations. among 1856 and 1877, Henry Fry used to be the Lloyd’s agent for the St. Lawrence River, east of Montreal. The harbour coves lower than his domestic in Quebec have been full of enormous rafts of reduce wooden, the river’s coastline sprawled with yards the place huge square-rigged ships – many owned by means of Fry – have been built.
As the president of Canada’s Dominion Board of alternate, Fry used to be on the epicentre of wealth and impression. His domestic urban of Quebec served because the capital of the province of Canada, whereas its port was once usually the scene of uncooked criminal activity. He fought vigorously opposed to the abduction of sailors and the harmful perform of deck loading. He additionally battled opposed to and overcame his own demon – psychological melancholy – happening to write down many send histories and essays on U.S.-Canada relations.
Fry was once a colorful determine and a reformer who interacted with the recognized figures of the day, together with Lord and woman Dufferin, Sir John A. Macdonald, Wilfrid Laurier, and Sir Narcisse-Fortunat Belleau, Quebec’s lieutenant-governor.
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Kincaid yelled to Jonas to get the hell out of there. Kincaid knew he did not have time to make sure Jonas had heeded his warning. Kincaid scrambled up the stairs and forced open the galley door. He sidestepped just in time to avoid being crushed by the galley stove as it skidded across the deck, then leaped out of the way to avoid being hit by an ice chest. He ducked out the galley doorway and made his way topside. In those frantic seconds he had already calculated what to do if he were to get dumped into the ocean in the middle of the night.
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