Saturday, November 24, 2012

Sadie and Eva

I heard a wonderful interview today with two little girls, aged 3 and 5, one of whom just gave the other an unauthorized hair cut. If you haven't heard it, it's all over the net, try here:

The reason for reporting it is that the names of the two little girls are Sadie and Eva.
By coincidence that happened to be the name of a trading schooner that used to call in Halifax from time to time in the 1960s. Sadie and Eva was built in Port aux Basques, NL in 1963 and measured only 128 gross tons. It was among the last of the schooner hull type traders and it only lasted until October 22, 1970 when it was lost to fire in the Cabot Strait.
It generally freighted salt fish to Halifax, unloading at Smith's wharf, then loading up with raw salt again to return to Newfoundland. It also carried general freight and did coastal work around Newfoundland, and was likely a familiar sight in North Sydney where a lot of that trade was based.
It had unusually high freeboard for a schooner, but typical of its type it had a boxy midships cabin with a minimum of windows to protect from it from the seas.
I only took one picture of it, September 6, 1969 at Smith's wharf:

By the way, I have sent a copy of the photo to the girls' father, an NPR reporter who conducted the interview.

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