DESCRIPTION OF VINAL HAVEN—POPULATION AND PURSUIT
OF THE PEOPLE—GREAT VARIETY OF FISH—THE IN-
TRODUCTION OF THE GOSPEL.
THE town of Vinal Haven includes both North and South Fox Islands, in lat. 44° north, and long. 69° 10' east.
The population numbered, at the time of my visit, about
1,800. The inhabitants were intelligent and industrious, and
hospitable to strangers. They got most of their wealth and
living by fishing. The town fitted out over one hundred
licensed sailing vessels, besides smaller craft.
North Fox Island is nine miles long by two miles in width
and had a population of 800. They had a post office, one
store, a Baptist church and meeting-house, four school-houses
and a tide grist mill.
The land was rather poor, yet there were some good farms.
The products where wheat, barley, oats, potatoes and grass.
The principal timber was fir, spruce, hemlock and birch.
Raspberries and gooseberries grew in great abundance, and
some up-land cranberries were raised. The principal stock of
the island were sheep.
South Fox Island comes as near being without any definite
form as any spot on earth I ever saw. It would be difficult
for any person to describe it. It is about ten miles in length
by five in width, and is one universal mass of rocks, formed
into shelves, hills, and valleys, and cut up into necks and points
to make room for the coves and harbors that run through and
through the island.
The population was 1,000. The inhabitants got their living
entirely by fishing. There is no chance for farming upon the
island, and but a few garden patches, which are cultivated at
great expense. Some few sheep are raised there.
Many of the inhabitants fish in the region of Newfoundland,
and bring their fish home and cure them on flakes and prepare
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