Fonds L3237 - Grant Fonds

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Grant Fonds

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  • 1891-1912 (Creation)

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1 v. -- 3 photos. -- 2 envelopes. -- 33 sheets.

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Grant, Charles

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Charles Grant worked as a sealer for the Victoria Sealing Company at the turn of the 20th century.

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The fonds consists of Grant's papers as able seaman and hunter in sealing vessels operating out of Victoria, British Columbia and out of Japan. Fonds relate to voyages between 1892 and 1908 and includes items such as wages for seal skins, itemized list of purchases for sealing trips, sailor's union pamphlet, correspondence, and grocery lists.

Also includes records from Victoria Sealing Company showing Grant's earnings in five schooners between 1900 and 1907 including, Director from December 1900 to October 1901; Triumph from December 1901 to September 1902; C.G. Cox from February to June 1907; Dora Sieward from June to November 1907; and Giblie (sp?) from January to October 1908. And, includes document dated 12 September 12 1892 on Marvin Company letterhead recoding a voyage of the schooner EB Marvin and showing wages, allowance for skins taken, and deductions for items purchased on board such as clothing and tobacco. This document shows that over a period of 8 months and 8 days Grant earned $410 but was charged $174.85 for purchases, for net earnings of $235.15. There is also a document in Russian dated 30 September 1905 showing that Grant, while a mate in the sealing schooner, Khokus Maru was arrested by the 199th Svir Regiment.

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Donated by Charles Grant, 17 April 1984.


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  • English
  • Russian

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MMBC off-site storage.

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All requests for use must be made through the MMBC Research Request program ( Please note that fees may apply.

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BCAUL control number: MMB-2378

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RAD, July 2008 version, Canadian Council of Archives.


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