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they are imported. (8) The total number of barrels or pounds, respectively, of pickled or salted fish imported from the same ports during the same time, with the amount of duty to which the several classes were subject.
Hon. GEO. F. EDMUNDS,
Chairman United States Senate Committee, &c.,
Tremont House, Boston.
CUSTOM-HOUSE, BOSTON, MASS.,"
Collector's Office, September 30, 1886.
Vessels licensed at the port of Boston for the "fisheries," from January 1, 1885, to date, including licenses renewed in 1886.
It is estimated that not exceeding 6 of the above vessels had permits to "touch and trade." There were not any other trading papers issued to the above vessels.
B and C.
CUSTOM-HOUSE, BOSTON, MASS.,
Collector's Office, September 30, 1886.
Vessels cleared from the port of Boston for the British North American Provinces, from January 1, 1885, to date.
Importations of fish from the British North American provinces into the customs district of Boston and Charlestown, January 1, 1885, to September 30, 1886.
[All of the fish subject to duty were imported since July 1, 1885.]
LETTER FROM THE COLLECTOR OF THE PORT OF PORTLAND, ME., WITH ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS IN WRITING SUBMITTED BY THE SUBCOMMITTEE.
CUSTOM-HOUSE, PORTLAND, ME.,
SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 6th instant requesting information on matters having reference to the "Fisheries question, &c."
Herewith I respectfully submit answers to your inquiries in the order and number in which you propound them, viz:
First. The whole number of vessels licensed at this port since January 1, 185, to this date for the fishing trade.'
Answer. One hundred forty-nine.
Second. "The aggregate tonnage of the same.'
Answer. Seven thousand five hundred and sixty-nine and ninety-seven onehundredths gross, 6,989.62 net.
Third. "Whether any of them are propelled by steam."
Answer. Three propelled by steam; 478.21 gross tons, 290.81 net tons.
Fourth. "The whole number of vessels cleared from this port for any of the ports of the British North American provinces since the same date."
Answer. Forty-eight American and 293 British vessels.
Fifth. "The character of said vessels, respectively, whether steam or sail; as to the sailing vessels, the kind of craft and the total tonnage.'
Answer. The American vessels cleared were engaged in the foreign carrying trade, and were sailing vessels; total tonnage, 12,341. The British vessels, part of them engaged in bringing fish to this market, fresh and salt, and returning with ballast only, and part of them bringing lumber, plaster, and coal, and returning in ballast. These were all sailing vessels, schooner rigged; tonnage, 36,059.
Sixth. "Whether any such fishing vessels had also trading papers of any kind, either regular clearances or other, and whether any of such merchant vessels had fishing licenses."
Answer. Seven vessels licensed for the fisheries took a permit to "touch and trade," but no clearance or other papers, except usual enrollment and license of vessel. The date and names of the vessels taking "permits to touch and trade" within the period named are as follows, viz: January 1, 1885, schooner Rozella; August 7, 1885, schooner J. W. Bickford; January 11, 1886, schooner Forest Maid; May 15, schooners George W. Pierce and Gertie May; May 27, schooner Annie Sargent; June 7, 1886, schooner Lilla B. Fernald.
Seventh. "The total number of pounds of fresh fish imported into this port during the same time, with the total ainount of duties paid thereon."
Eighth. "The total number of pounds of salt fish imported from the same prov inces, with the total amount of duty thereon, together with a statement, so far as practicable, of the various kinds of fish of each class."
U. S. Senate, Chairman Subcommittee to Investigate Fisheries, &c.,
STATISTICAL AND OTHER INFORMATION SUBMITTED TO THE SUBCOMMITTEE BY JAMES GIFFORD, ESQ., DEPUTY COLLECTOR AT PROVINCETOWN, MASS., IN CONNECTION WITH HIS TESTIMONY.
"The act 45, chapter 18, authorizes the payment of a sum of $150,000 as an aid to develop the sea fisheries, to encourage the building and fitting out of improved fishing craft, as well as to ameliorate the condition of the fishermen. This grant is to be expended under regulations of the governor and council, and in such installments as may be directed in each year.
"An order in council, adopted 11th of December, 1882, provides that (1) Canadian fishing vessels of 10 tons and upwards, which have been engaged in the sea fisheries during a period of three months, shall be entitled to a bounty of $2 per ton up to 80 tons, one-half of said bounty being payable to the owner and one-half to the crew. (2) Canadian fishing boats which have been engaged in the sea fisheries during a period of three months and caught not less than 2,500 of sea fish per man, exclusive * * * shall be entitled to receive a bounty at the rate of $2.50 per man, one-fifth being payable to the owner or owners of the boat, and four-fifths to be divided equally between the men.
The above order relating to boats was superseded by another order in council, passed May 2, 1883, doubling the payments to boats, i. e., making the bounty $5 per man, boat fisherman, and that, so far as I am informed, is the amount now paid. The boat must have not less than 14 feet keel to entitle her to the bounty. Under foregoing provisions there was paid in 1873—
On tonnage of vessels, 27,611 tons, 786 vessels
On tonnage of 11,225 boats...
172, 285. 47
Total annual value of Dominion fisheries and amount of same imported into United States.
Increase of product, and a gain of $4,613,566 in importations of fish into the United States.
List of fishing vessels to which were granted "permits to touch and trade" in the district of Barnstable, Mass., during the year 1886.
List of vessels in the district of Barnstable engaged in the "whale fishery," 1885.
List of vessels (under 20 tons) licensed in the district of Barnstable since January 1, 1885, for the "fishing trade."
List of vessels licensed in the district of Barnstable since January 1, 1885, for the “fishing
William H. Lewis..