By John Fry
The rigors and tribulations of a Canadian company titan in the course of a desirable interval in 19th-century Quebec.
A brain at Sea is an intimate window right into a vanished time while Canada used to be one of the world’s nice maritime nations. among 1856 and 1877, Henry Fry used to be the Lloyd’s agent for the St. Lawrence River, east of Montreal. The harbour coves under his domestic in Quebec have been full of sizeable rafts of minimize wooden, the river’s coastline sprawled with yards the place significant square-rigged ships – many owned via Fry – have been built.
As the president of Canada’s Dominion Board of exchange, Fry used to be on the epicentre of wealth and impact. His domestic urban of Quebec served because the capital of the province of Canada, whereas its port was once usually the scene of uncooked criminal activity. He fought vigorously opposed to the abduction of sailors and the damaging perform of deck loading. He additionally battled opposed to and overcame his own demon – psychological melancholy – occurring to write down many send histories and essays on U.S.-Canada relations.
Fry used to be a colorful determine and a reformer who interacted with the well-known figures of the day, together with Lord and woman Dufferin, Sir John A. Macdonald, Wilfrid Laurier, and Sir Narcisse-Fortunat Belleau, Quebec’s lieutenant-governor.
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