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Melvin Piercey - Winter in Gaff Topsail

Melvin Piercey speaks of Winter in Gaff Topsail

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But then in winter time... you'd be going through... through the track they called the Gaff Topsail. You go right up straight and right down. In the wintertime, I've spent a whole seven days up there, snow bound. And to get water you had to go between the cars... you know... a big distance and fill up big boilers full of snow and you had to put them on the stove and melt it for water. I was up there...the longest I was up was seven days on the Gaff Topsail. We always carried winter... winter's supply... you see.. Like the tin beans, tinned corned beef... there was no 3 course meals given to the passengers,of course.