Samuel Cunard and the Nova Scotia Government Vessels Earl Bathurst and Chebucto

By J.C. Arnell, published November 1968


British settlements in Nova Scotia in 1720 needed protection against the interference of local Indians, privateers and the national interests of France and Americas. In 1809 the cost of patrolling the shores became subject to contract. In 1815 Samuel Cunard’s role, as contractor, was to provide the necessary vessels. Despite questions raised as to the revenue worth of operating these vessels the contracts were approved. By 1833 however, financial tensions and misunderstanding between the interested parties led to the cancelling of contracts.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration

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