Submitted by Christine Gorman
From the Daily Examiner, April 22, 1904:
LOBSTERING AT ST. PETER'S
THE SEVEN FACTORIES TO THE NORTH OF ST. PETER'S
Large Capital Employed and Many Workers, Too.
In connection with the lobster fisheries very few perhaps know the amount of money spent in preparation for the season's catch. The following figures give some idea of what the seven factories north of St. Peter's expend for gear and traps, not taking into account the wages paid the fishermen and the hands who work in the factory.
McEwan & Partridge, 12 boats with 4800 traps, employ 24 fishermen, 48 hands to work in the factory, representing an outlay of $4,800.
D. O'Henley with 10 boats and 3000 traps, 20 fishermen, and 45 hands, outlay $3,500.
A. O'Henley, 5 boats, 1700 traps, 10 fishermen, 25 hands, outlay $2,000.
Sutherland Bros, 5 boats, 1700 traps, 10 fishermen, 25 hands, outlay $2,000.
Rattray and Hume, 5 boats with 1500 traps, 9 fishermen, 15 hands, outlay $2,000.
Robert Lewis, 3 boats with 1200 traps, 8 fishermen, and 12 hands, outlay $1,200.
J. P. Sutherland, 4 boats with 1200 traps, 8 fishermen, and 16 hands, outlay $1,500.
These traps, nearly all fourheaders, cost 50 cents each and are the ones mostly used now.