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Pilots and Lighthouse Keepers, St. Lawrence River 1866

From Sessional Papers 31 Victoria 1867 (39)

As ships made the voyage up the St. Lawrence River to come into the port of Quebec, they took a pilot onboard. The follow was extracted from the report for the Department of Public Works for the year 1866.

"On the subject of Pilotage it may be remarked, that frequent complaints have been made by Shipmasters, to the effect, that the Pilot Schooners are not regularly kept on their stations, whereby ships are detained for want of Pilots, and sometimes induced to run on at great risk without them; that they also experience detention in landing their Pilots when outward bound."

"It would be worthy of consideration if the number of Pilots should not be limited, say to two hundred, allowing every Pilot to take an apprentice; such apprentices when out of their time, and while waiting for a vacancy to be branched, to be bound to navigate the River, or be allowed under certain restrictions, to engage on board of sea-going vessels, for the purpose of improving their capacity as seamen."

"Additional lights have on various occasions been recommended by the Trinity House, among which, and as the most important, a fixed light on the Bird Rocks, a floating light on the Manicouagan Shoals, and one on Red Island Reef, in lieu of the present fixed Red light on the Island; the latter the Board have estimated for, (See their estimates of expenses for the current year), and deem it important that this change be forthwith carried out."

Quebec Decayed Pilots' Fund

Persons Relieved Out of the Fund

Widow Magloire Côté $10.00
William Irvine pilot $12.00
Narcisse Forgues pilot $66.90
Alexandre Ouellet pilot $96.00
F. Thivierge pilot $49.30
C.F. Kúnig, pilot $13.33
George Laplante pilot $2.90
Pierre Lapierre (No. 2) pilot $16.00



Pensioners On The Fund (Infirm Pilots)
Tremblay, L 1@$120.00
Asselin, L. 30 @ $96 each = $2,880.00
Benville, R.
Boucher, A.
Boutin, T.
Caron, J.B.
Charest, P.
Coté, F.
Coté, Z.
Curodeau, F.
Dion, C.
Dumas, A.
Dumas, J.
Dunford, T.
Fortin, C.
Fournier, J.
Fournier, M.
Gauthier, Hub
Genest, J.
Lemieux, L.
Ménard, F.X.
Paquet, P.
Pelletier, J.
Plante, J.
Rioux, F.
Roy, J.L.
St. Amand, G.
Smith, M.
Vaillancourt, E.
Vézina, C.
Vézina, M.
Forbes, J. 1@$80 = $80.00
Coté, R. 3@$40 each = $120.00
Lapierre, Denis J.
Thivierge, L.

Widows of Pilots

Widow Adam, J. 40@$80 each = $3,200.00
" Asselin, J.B.
" Asselin, L.
" Bacquet, F.
" Bernier, G.
" Caron, G.
" Chevalier, Ed
" Couillard, F.
" Crépeau, P.
" Curodeau, P.
" Desrosiers, J.
" Dick, J.
" Doiron, A.
" Dumas, Chs
" Dumas, Chris
" Irvine, William
" Lachance, F.
" Lachance, G.
" Langlois, J.
" Langlois, P.
" Lapointe, A.
" Lapointe, F.
" Laroche, J.B.
" Lavoie, A.
" Lavoie, A. (L.M.)
" Levesque, F.
" Michaud, A.
" Normand, P.
" Ouellet, E.
" Paquet, A.
" Pelletier, G.
" Petit, A.
" Petitgrew, D.
" Petitgrew, W.
" Pouliot, Paul
" Plante, J.M.
" Roy Desjardins, J.
" Simpson, F.
" Soucy, G.
" Toussaint, P.
" Amiot, W. 15@$64 each = $960
" Blouin, P.
" Bossinot, F.
" Bouchard, P.
" Campbell, J.
" Coté, C.
" Desnoyers, F.
" Desrosiers, P.
" Lachance, P.P.
" Leclerc, F.
" McKenzie, H.
" Pelletier, M.
" Reilly, J.
" Royer, A.
" Turgeon, C.E.
" Ballantine, P. 12@$48 each = $576.00
" Bélanger, G.
" Chassé, Z.
" Dandurand, J.
" Fortin, J.
" Keable, A.
" Morency, G.
" Rioux, M.
" Royer, F.
" Rouleau, P.
" Servant, J.B.
" Verrault, H.
" Blanchette, Z. 13@$40 each = $520.00
" Cavenny, M.
" Caron, F.
" Coté, M.
" Fortier, A.
" Langlois, L.
" Lapierre, P.
" Lapointe, P.
" Michaud, P.
" McNeill, T.
" Plante, G.
" Pouliot, Pierre
" Raymond, A.

Children of Pilots

Chasseur, Abraham, (insane) 2@$48 each = $96.00
Child of D. Charest, (David,) infirm
Child of D. Charest, (Gervais,) do $32.00
Child of Gourdeau, J., infirm $30.00
Child of Coté, A. 3@$24 each = $72.00
Child of Baquet, P., infirm, 1 5@$20 each = $100.00
Child of Dupuis, F., infirm, 1
Child of Forbes, P., infirm, 1
Child of Fortin, N., infirm, 1
Child of Jahan, J., infirm, 1
Children of Dumas, F., infirm 1 10@$16 each = $160.00
Children of Itzweir, J., 1
Children of Lapointe, A., (infirm) 2
Children of Pouliot, J., (infirm) 1
Children of St. Pierre, G., 1
Children of Turcotte, M., 4
Children of Pichette, D., (infirm) 1 2@$12 each = $24.00
Children of Pineau, B., (infirm) 1
Children of Raymond, J. 4@$10 each = $40.00
Total $9,010.00

State Of The Fund

Money lent $57,066.81
Interest due by divers persons 954.28
Cash in the Treasurer's hands 4,436.04
62,457.13
Deduct arrears of Pensions, due this day 501.90
61,955.23

Keepers of Light Houses and Provision Depots, under the Superintendence of the Trintiy House of Quebec

Name Station Service Annual Salary
F. Rodrique Port Neuf Salary as Keeper   200.00
Leon Lafleur St. Antoine do   100.00
James Thurber Ste. Croix do   140.00
E. thevierge Bellechasse do   320.00
Jos. Painchaud Crane Island do   320.00
D. Vaughan Pillars do
Allowance for fuel and water
500.00
160.00
660.00
T. Roy Desjardins Kamouraska Salary as Keeper 320.00
Jean C. Marquis Pilgrims do 340.00
J. Ete. Picard Brandy Pots do 400.00
Ely Fraser Red Island do
Allowance for fuel and water
500.00
160.00
660.00
Gilbert Lindsay Green Island Salary as Keeper
Allowance for 1 Assistant
Allowance for 1 Gunner
Allowance for fuel
500.00
100.00
200.00
60.00
860.00
J.T. Pechard Biquet Salary as Keeper
Allowance for 1 Gunner
Allowance for fuel and water
400.00
200.00
100.00
760.00
Paul Pouliot Pointe des Monts Salary as Keeper
Allowance for fuel and water
400.00
160.00
560.00
Auguste Trudeau Cape Rosiers Salary as Keeper
Allowance for 2 Assistants at $200/each
400.00
400.00
800.00
Louis Malouin W. Point of Anticosti Salary as Keeper
Allowance for 2 Assistants
Allowance for provisions
400.00
200.00
200.00
800.00
E. Pope S.W. Pt. Of Anticosti Salary as Keeper
Allowance for 2 Assistants
Allowance for provisions
400.00
200.00
200.00
800.00
Zeph. Duhamel E.E. Anticosti Salary as Keeper
Allowance for 2 Assistants
Allowance for provisions
400.00
200.00
200.00
800.00
Jno. B. Campied Forteau Salary as Keeper
Allowance for 2 Assistants at $200.00 each
Allowance for fuel
400.00

400.00
20.00
820.00
M. Cotton Belle Isle Salary as Keeper
Allowance for 1st Assistant
Allowance for 2nd Assistant
600.00
260.00
200.00
1,060.00
D. Lawson
Peter Mailley
Father Point
do
Salary as Keeper
Salary as Assistant Keeper
200.00
140.00
340.00
Keepers of Provision Depots
Robert Setter Ellis Bay, Anticosti Salary as Keeper 200.00
Bernard Bradley Shallop Creek Anticosti Salary as Keeper
Allowance for fuel
200.00
40.00
240.00
Total 11,200.00



Statement shewing the Number of Lights under the jurisdiction of the Trinity House, Montreal
Place

# of Light
Houses

# of
Lamps

Name of
Keeper

Date of
Appointment

Salary
per Month

Lotbiniére

2

2 Pierre Beaudet Oct 4, 1864 15.00
L'Islet Richelieu 1 2 Helene Blais April - 1861 20.00
Riviere du Chene 1 2 Widow Langlois April - 1847 7.00
Grondines 2 2 Alex. Trottier Nov 18, 1858 20.00
Cape Charles 2 3 Fr. Boisvert Sept 18, 1855 12.00
St. Pierre les Bequets 1 2 S.C. dit Francoleur Oct 1, 1862 7.00
Batiscan 1 1 Jos. Maichaud April 29, 1858 8.00
Batiscan 1 1 Landre Fugeres April 3, 1845 8.00
Champlain 1 2 N. Hardy Jan 19, 1865 7.00
Cap Magdalene 2 2 Paul Manuel April 20, 1842 10.00
Port St. Francis 2 3 Jean Chaurette March 21, 1861 16.00
Pointe du Lac 1 1 Medard paquin April 16, 1857 10.00
Floating Light No. 3 1 3 O. Remond July 22, 1858 52.00
Assistant ---------------- 6.00
Do No. 2 1 3 N. Arcand March 7, 1860 52.00
Assistant ----------------- 6.00
Do No. 1 1 3 J. Long Aug 19, 1845 52.00
Assistant ----------------- 6.00
Isle aux Raisins 2 3 O. Letendre Jan 31, 1853 30.00
Isle à la Pierre 1 1 A. Auger Aug 15, 1867 20.00
Sorel 2 2 Richelieu Company Sept 6, 1864 85.00 (per annum)
Lavaltrie 2 4 Joseph Lise Aug 15, 1867 30.00
Contrecoeur 1 1 Francois Lacroix April 4, 1957 8.00
Contrecoeur 1 1 Frs. Meunier Sept 1, 1861 8.00
Isle aux Prunes 1 2 J.B.C. dit Larose Sept 17, 1866 16.00
Repentigny 1 1 L. Rivet Jan 19, 1865 7.00
Repentigny 1 1 J.B. LaChapelle Feb 1, 1861 7.00
Isle à la Baque 1 2 Joseph Ethier March 10, 1855 16.00
Isle Ste. Therese 2 2 Theo. Brodeur Jan 31, 1857 14.00
Pointe aux Trembles 2 2 A. Lamoureux Feb, 1848 13.00
Montreal harbour 2 2 William Jeffs April 20, 1860 15.00
Cap Magdalene 2 2 Pascal Montplaisir April 20, 1842 10.00
Total 41 58

Note: These Light-keepers receive wages only during season of navigation, viz., about seven months.

(Dated) Montreal, 28th October, 1867



Statement shewing names of the Officers of the Trinity House of Montreal, their Salaries, &c.
Names Office Salary
per annum
Remarks
Louis Marchand Master 625.00
William Bristow Deputy Master Nil
J.L.L. Beaudry Warden do
Henry Starnes do do
Victor Hudon do do
Thomas Morland do do
P.E. Cotté do do
Benjamin Lyman do do
E.D. David Registrar and Treasurer 1,325.00
P.E. Cotté Superintendent of Pilots 1,200.00
Daniel Rooney Clerk 600.00
Martin Brennan Water Bailiff and Messenger 400.00
Joseph Mondor Acting harbour Master at Sorel 300.00
J.L. Barnabé Captain of Steamer Richelieu and
Superintendent of Buoys
800.00
Per month During navigation
Samuel Quig Engineer Steamer Richelieu 45.00
Four hands Average 12.00


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