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Captain Keanís Secret
By T. C. Badcock

Captain Keanís SecretBy T. C. Badcock

G Paperback, 269 pages, b & w photos ISBN 10: 1-77117-216-9
ISBN 13: 978-1-77117-216-5

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Book Description
In the early 1900s, Charles Noble Lewis and his family were prominent members of St. Johnís high society. A chief engineer who worked for Bowring Brothers, Charles fraternized with many of the key players who shaped Newfoundland and Labrador history as we know it today. The living room of the Lewis house served as a meeting place for many of the principals of the Newfoundland sealing industry, including William Coaker, Captain Abram Kean and his sons, Joseph and Westbury Kean, John Munn, and crew members and sealers from many ships.

In 1914, Charlesís daughter Jessie was eight years old. A prolific diary writer, Jessie Lewis kept meticulous records of her fatherís conversations with these notaries whenever they visited their home on Pennywell Road. The Newfoundland disaster, which saw the greatest loss of life in the provinceís sealing history, is where Jessieís story begins. History remembers Abram Kean, the archetypal sealing captain, as the man accused by William Coaker of being responsible for recklessly leaving 132 men on the ice during that disaster, seventy-eight of whom froze to death during a violent storm. Later, a court of inquiry exonerated this ďgreatest seal killer of all time.Ē

Culled from the personal diaries of Jessie Lewis, Captain Keanís Secret is the history of a family embroiled in one of St. John's best-known class struggles of the twentieth centuryóthe bitter conflict between the fish merchants and the working classóand the true story of a young girl who recorded it all, including her own shocking revelation, which lies intertwined with the fate of one of Newfoundland and Labradorís most famous sealing captains.

About the Author
T . C. (Thomas) Badcock was born in Carbonear, Newfoundland. He began his career as a school principal and then joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and has since retired. He is currently employed as the executive director of The HUB.

He is a past editor-in-chief of two military newspapers, including the largest, Der Kanadier. He is the author of fourteen books and plays, including five Canadian bestsellers. One of his bestsellers, A Broken Arrow, garnered him international recognition, and he played a key role in the Discovery Channelís production of the crash involved in the story.


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