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The Alphabet Fleet
The Pride of the Newfoundland Coastal Service
By Maura Hanrahan

The Alphabet Fleet: The Pride of the Newfoundland Coastal Service By Maura Hanrahan

Format: Paperback, 238 pages, b&w photos and illustrations

Pub Date: September 2007
ISBN 10: 1-897317-19-0
ISBN 13: 978-1-897317-19-8

Price: CDN$19.95

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Book Description
In 1898 a political firestorm surrounded the creation of Newfoundland’s Alphabet Fleet. But before long these coastal boats became a beloved part of the fabric of life in Newfoundland and Labrador. These ships carried bright-eyed young teachers to their first outport assignments. They brought wedding dresses to excited brides and Christmas parcels and letters to eager hands. They carried people home from city hospitals and the dead to be buried in family plots. Through crew and passenger recollections, this book brings the Alphabet Fleet to life. It also vividly describes the heroics and disasters associated with these legendary vessels.

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