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JACK IN PORT

Judith Fingard.

Toronto, University of Toronto Press, c1982.
292pp, cloth, $35.00 (cloth), $12.50 (paper).
ISBN 0-8020-2458-0 (cloth), 0-8020-6467-1 (paper).


Post-Secondary.
Reviewed by Robert M. Taylor.

Volume 11 Number 1.
1983 January.


A member of the history department at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Judith Fingard takes as her topic the life of the transient seafaring visitor in the ports of Quebec, Saint John, and Halifax. She describes in particular the period of the late nineteenth century when the family atmosphere and leisurely pace on board a ship whose captain was its owner, was giving way to ownership by managers, whose chief concern was to turn a profit as quickly as possible with the merchandise carried on their vessels. In consequence, there was less concern shown for the individual seaman, who often reacted to poor and impersonal working conditions by deserting ship and sometimes making life difficult for the authorities in the ports that were not his home.

In the tradition of academic publications of the University of Toronto Press, this treatise is well researchedóso well so that it is often repetitiousówith extensive supportive statistics, quotations, notes, bibliography, and even songs of the era. Its topic is of specialized rather than universal appeal, being of interest chiefly to the serious university history student.


Robert M. Taylor, Saint John HS, Saint John, NB.
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