Lifetime Ambition Realized With Discovery of Old Fort - Transcript of newspaper clipping. - 11 January 1954.

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Database ID25166
InstitutionUniversity of Saskatchewan Libraries Special Collections
Fonds/CollectionCanadiana Pamphlets Collection
File/Item ReferenceXLVIII-34i-LifetimeTransc (Box 47)
Date of creation11 January 1954
Physical description/extent1 document; 1 page of textual records
Number of images2
Historical noteIn the 1950's, Harry Moody, an amateur archaeologist, and Tom Welsh travelled to the north side of Amisk Lake in Manitoba. They found in the water steel bladed barber scissors and some copper or bronze handles. Moody believed he had evidence of the Frobisher brothers' winter camp. He developed the theory that the Frobishers, in 1774 had traveled up the east side of the lake where they were blind ended. When they turned west they ran into some ice and were forced to land where the terrain was suitable. This placed them on the north end of Amisk Lake.Later Moody was to make another discovery with the help of George Custer, which would lead him to the actual site of Fort Alexander Henry. Half way up Amisk Lake, they beached their boat. Custer showed Moody a large poplar tree growing out of a chimney. "We removed the earth and found it was a U-shaped fire place built with flat rocks and all with clay like plasters," later wrote Moody.In 1954 with the assistance of Rod McDermott, Moody was able to excavate the site where he believed the old fort to be. He photographed six fireplaces, which had indeed belonged to the fort. They also found a flask, scissors, home made rivets, sheet iron and cooking vessels. In the intervening years following Moody's discovery, the forts actual location was again "lost", and only rediscovered in 1994 during an archaeological survey.
Scope and contentTyped transcript of newspaper clipping documenting the discovery of the Alexander Henry-Frobisher Brothers fort that was established in 1775, 20 miles by water from Denare Beach, Saskatchewan.
ContributerStar-Phoenix (Saskatoon)
Copyright holder[Saskatoon Star-Phoenix]
Copyright expiry dateUnknown
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Primary MediaTextual documents
Specific document typesArticles
Provenance Access PointUniversity of Saskatchewan Library. Canadiana Pamphlets Collection
Other notesItem from the [Saskatoon Star-Phoenix], 11 January 1954, p. 20. Item from Special Collection Pamphlets file [Forts and trails.] Correspondence and clippings, 1949-1956.
PlaceDenare Beach, Saskatchewan, Canada
Treaty boundariesTreaty 10
Cultural regionPlains
Hudson's Bay Company
News and Reporting
Date Range(s)1750-1775
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