"On 21 July 1713 Taverner was commissioned as “Surveyor of such part of the coast of Newfoundland and the Islands adjacent as the French have usually fished upon and wherewith our subjects are at present unacquainted.” Frequently consulted by the Board of Trade during the next eight months, he was able to pass on useful information as well as advice about the situation in the newly acquired territories. When Taverner arrived at Placentia on 27 June 1714, Lieutenant-Colonel Moody, who had been designated deputy governor of Placentia, put a ship at his disposal to begin the survey. On 23 July …Lire la suite
1714 – William Taverner’s First Report relating to Newfoundland
I waited on Collnl John Moody who gave me severall papers to Publish when I should arrive at St Peters [SAINT-PIERRE] requesting me to Administer the Oath of Allegiance to her late Majy & Crown of Brittain To all the french Inhabitants who were willing to take it. To use my utmost endeavours to persuade ’em to continue in their respective Plantations and, if possible to hinder all French Ships from Fishing and Trading in those parts which belong to the English by the late Treaty of Peace. He also let …Lire la suite
1718 – Selections from Captain Taverner’s Second Report relating to Newfoundland
The Bay of Maynelon [MIQUELON], affords a very good beeche for 400 boats, and Timber enough for building of Stages, the bay is Tolerably good for Ships to ride, in being clear ground, no Sea to hurt them, but what comes out of the Bay of Fortune; 14 Saile of ffrench Ships, have fishd in this place at Once, The ffrench accounted it one of their best fishing places, the last winter a great Storme, broke out the beech on the So. side of this Bay, into a large …Lire la suite
En 1721, à Londres, apparaît la première carte imprimée de Saint-Pierre. Il s’agit d’une petite carte publiée dans l’English Pilot, un manuel de navigation en langue anglaise. L’auteur, William Taverner, capitaine Terre-Neuvien leva cette carte en 1714
- Ifland of St Peters : Saint-Pierre.
- St Peters : Petit Saint-Pierre.
- Doggs I : Ile aux Marins, ancienne Ile aux Chiens
- Columba I : Grand Colombier.
A Defcription of the ifland of St Peters, by Capt. William Taverner.
THE ifland of St Peter’s is subject to Fogs of a different dryer nature than those in other parts; and yet it is an extraordinary good place for drying and curing Cod Fish. There is good Fishing Ground round all the island: The Harbour is good for Ships to ride in, especially the Bottom of it called the Bougway, where no Wind can hurt them; there is Reach enough for 300 Boats. It lies in 47 Degrees 10 Minutes North Latitude, where the Compass hath two Points Variation …Lire la suite
A PLAN of the ISLANDS of St PETERS, LANGLY and MIQUELONG Survey’d by Order of HIS EXCELLENCY THOs GRAVES ESQr GOVERNOR of NEWFOUNDLAND by IAMES COOK
The ISLANDS of St Peters which lies about 6 or 7 Leagues from the nearest part of Newfoundland is very Barren and Mountainous what wood is upon it consists of short small Firs of very little use and difficult to come at. The Ifland is as subject to Fogs as any part in Newfoundland yes if we may credit the late Planters it is very convienient for catching and curing of Codfish there …Lire la suite
Avant la rétrocession de 1764, les Britanniques décidèrent de lever une carte détaillée des Iles Saint-Pierre et Miquelon. C’était, pour les Britanniques l’ultime chance de cartographier un territoire qui pourrait peut-être devenir hostile. C’est donc avec précipitation que les ordres furent donnés à James Cook et ses collaborateurs par le capitaine Graves, et aucun délai ne devait retarder la prise de possession par le futur gouverneur d’Angeac.…Lire la suite