Mary Ellen (schooner)
Lewis and Dryden's Marine History of the Pacific Northwest, p. 436.
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Mary Ellen (schooner)
Efforts were made at Victoria in 1913 to burn three of the less seaworthy of the old sealing schooners which had been lying in a state of decay on the west shore of the harbor, but the brine and mildew of years so permeated the old timbers that it was impossible to completely destroy them. The old sealers were the Mary Ellen, Mascot and Walter L. Rich, all three of which made history in the glory days of the Victoria sealing fleet. The Mary Ellen had a particularly interesting career, having been commanded by Capt. Daniel McLean, brother of Capt. Alex McLean of Vancouver who also took the vessel out several times. In 1886 she took 4,268 skins, which was claimed as a world's record catch. The burning and sinking of the unsaleable schooners finally put an end to the last vestiges of the fleet which had once been a colorful part of the British Columbia maritime scene. Gordon Newell, Maritime Events of 1913, H.W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest., p.232.
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