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Virtual Exhibits and Digital Collections
  • Alphabet Fleet
    Provides information, photographs and a link to a database listing the names of seamen on the vessels of the Reid Newfoundland Company, traditionally called the Alphabet Fleet.

  • Coastal Women
    A virtual exhibit portraying the women who lived and worked in the coastal communities of Newfoundland and Labrador prior to Confederation.

  • Dead Reckoning: The Pollux and Truxtun Disaster
    A website which follows the tragic loss of the American naval vessels USS Pollux and USS Truxtun in February 1942.

  • Fishermen's Protective Union
    A virtual tour of the Fishermen's Protective Union and the Fishermen's Union Trading Company from 1908 to 1945.

  • Graham Pollett Collection
    A collection of 18 tintype images ca. 1880 found in the attic of a house in New Harbour, Trinity Bay, NL.

  • Haystack Photograph Collection
    The Haystack Photograph Collection On-line

  • Job Photograph Collection
    The Job Photograph Collection On-line

  • More Than a List of Crew
    Learn about crew agreements, read seafarers' stories and work with the sources.

  • Philip Templeman Limited Diary, 1914
    A transcription of the 1914 diary of Philip Templeman Limited (Catalina). Many of the entries record matters relevant to the business such as fish catches, shipping movements and weather conditions. There are also reports on community occurrences and events in the town and in nearby communities, as well as national and international events such as the the S.S. Newfoundland Sealing Disaster and World War I.

  • Resettlement
    "No Great Future":  A virtual tour of Government Sponsored Resettlement in Newfoundland and Labrador since Confederation.

  • Titanic-Related Documents
    The Titanic-Related Documents page contains links to digital copies of documents held at the Maritime History Archive pertaining to the Titanic disaster in 1912.

  • William Button Diaries
    The diaries - part of the M. Button and Sons fonds - were authored by William Button, son of Moses, who managed the firm after his father's death. Moses Button (-1901) was a schoolteacher, fisherman and Methodist lay preacher at New Melbourne, Trinity Bay. By 1893 he had opened a general store and was involved in supplying the fishery and general trading.


Other Virtual Exhibits and Digital Collections of the Maritime History Archive
(Located on Memorial University's Digital Archives Initiative Web Site)
  • FOMOWA Fishing Club fonds
    FOMOWA Fishing Club fonds consists of one photograph album containing 323 black and white photos and 25 pages of text, covering the years from 1914 to 1937 of the FOMOWA Fishing Club on the Grand Codroy River on the west coast of Newfoundland.

  • Forbes Family fonds
    This collection includes 449 photographs of the Forbes, Matthews and Deir families circa 1910 - 1960 at Montreal and Bonavista.

  • Grenfell Mission Photograph Album
    An album of 152 photographs from the 1920s and early 1930s showing life in St. Anthony, Newfoundland, mostly of the Grenfell Mission's hospital, staff and patients.

  • International Grenfell Association Lantern Slides Collection
    This collection of lantern slides, circa 1900 - 1920, includes 59 images, mostly of the northern peninsula and Labrador.

  • James Ryan Ltd. Diaries, Bonavista
    The James Ryan Diaries (1874-1919) were written at the James Ryan Ltd. Bonavista office by the proprietor and staff, especially Nicholas Ryan, the younger brother of James.

  • Mercantile Navy List and Maritime Directory
    The Mercantile Navy List provides basic information on each ship, which can be used to trace other records and to compile an outline history of a ship and its owners. The years 1868, 1875, 1876, 1878, 1880, 1882, 1891, 1892, 1896, 1899, 1904, 1907, 1911, 1913, 1914, 1918, 1919, 1921, 1923, 1924, 1925-1938 are now available to search on-line.

  • Reuben Carpenter fonds
    The Reuben Carpenter fonds consists of 37 photocopied blueprints of vessel plans and designs drawn between 1964 and 1988 by Capt. Reuben Carpenter (1912-2001), a shipbuilder of Port Union, NL.

  • Rorke Family fonds
    The Rorke Family fonds, ca. 1880 - 1970, includes 330 images of the Rorke, Bemister and Forward families of Carbonear.

  • William Sweetland Diary
    Daily diary kept by Magistrate William Sweetland at Bonavista, 1850-1853. The volume contains entries with his views on a myriad of topics, including world politics, religious doctrines, and Newfoundland politics and justice.


Virtual Exhibits and Digital Collections of Organizations partnering with the Maritime History Archive
(Located on Memorial University's Digital Archives Initiative Web Site)
  • The Twillingate Sun
    The Twillingate Sun printed local and foreign news, legislative proceedings, serial fiction and advertisements from 1880 to 1953.

    A partnered project with the Twillingate Museum.


  • Lester Diaries
    The Lester Diaries refer to nine, hand-written volumes of daily diaries or journals, kept by Isaac Lester (1718-1778) and Benjamin Lester (1724-1802). They were brothers and partners in a firm or trading house known as Isaac and Benjamin Lester of Poole, Dorset, England, engaged in the trans Atlantic Poole-Newfoundland cod fishery and trade. These diaries together span the period from 1761 to 1802.

    A partnered project with Dr. Gordon Handcock and the Dorset History Centre, Dorchester, Dorset.


  • Slade and Kelson Diaries
    The Slade and Kelson diaries were kept by William Kelson, the manger from 1809 to 1851 of a firm at Trinity owned by Robert Slade. They contain an account of the business firm's daily activities at Trinity as well as general information on the state of the fishery, shipping, weather and the movement of the various vessels and people. The diaries that make up this virtual exhibit cover the period 1822-1852. Although pending, the years before 1822 are not yet available because of their current fragile condition.

    A partnered project with the Trinity Historical Society Archives.




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