1887The Edmunds Retaliatory Fishery Bill was passed.Events & Anniversaries, Economy and Industry, Maritime & Fishing Industry, National Events

Courtesy of Gloucester City Archives, 1887 City Documents, #92
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This bill was passed in response to seizures during the previous year of American vessels in Canadian waters. According to Pringle, “This bill gave the President power when he became satisfied that American fishermen in the waters or ports of the British Dominions of North America were harassed or vexed or subjected to unreasonable restrictions, etc., or prevented from purchasing such supplies as may be lawfully sold to trading vessels, to deny vessels of the British Dominions of North America any entrance into ports or waters of the United States except when in distress, or for the sale of fish products, under a penalty for violation of $1000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or both.” (Pringle, 264)

The city celebrated the passage of the bill with a salute of one hundred guns from City Hall and a fireworks display.

Pringle, James R. History of the Town and City of Gloucester, Cape Ann, Massachusetts. Published by the City of Gloucester Archives Committee and the Ten Pound Island Book Co., 1997. Gloucester City Archives, 1887 City Documents, #92
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