Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent

Landing without a wharf

Two men observing a schooner on the shore.

The schooner F. Mary a shore at low tide.

© Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent, Antonio Pelletier coll., p60018b.

Early visitors often used boats for transportation. Many reported having taken fishing boats or even schooners, usually used for shipping, to cross the river. The schooners were particular in that their relatively flat bottom allowed them to grounded at low tide without damaging their hull in places without a wharf. However, to get to the bank, passengers sometimes had an unpleasant walk through mud and sharp rocks. 

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