Batson, E. Bert

Sable Island Canada Map Graveyard of Atlantic Shipwrecks Cyanotype


Sable Island, Graveyard of the Atlantic, Known Wrecks since 1800 AD


Scarce, original cyanotype chart "Sable Island, Graveyard on the Atlantic, Shipwrecks Since 1800", only the second copy we have seen in 12 years!

Sold by E. Bert Batson, but after a design by Donald S. Johnson, a member of the Sable Island Lifeboat Organization. Copyrighted by R. Ian McDonald; in Canada 1938; in U.S.A. June 1948. Only one holding in WorldCat.

In 1916 E. Bert Batson started in Halifax, Nova Scotia as a junk dealer after a varied career as a soldier, sailor, and bank messenger. Batson bought from estate and Admiralty sales, auctions and other secondhand sources, selling his wares from a location on the Halifax waterfront, later moving to 36-38 Lower Water Street. His motto was "Everything from a needle to an anchor."

Bert Batson's store in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Bert Batson's storefront in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Here's a few paragraphs from a 1946 profile of Bert from Maclean's magazine:
You may know of Bert. A lot of people do. He’s the “Needle To An Anchor” man. His store on Lower Water Street in Halifax is a fabulous place... it’s a combination junk yard, ship chandler’s, department store, antique dealer’s, curio collector’s heaven and commission broker’s. Its customers include shipping men, souvenir hunters, antique collectors and a lot of other people in America and Europe and everybody in Halifax. And it’s likely to sell them anything from secondhand rolled oats, discarded gold mines, kidney pills or unmarketable fish, to shower curtains, ship’s lanterns, conveyer belts, Epsom salts and used bathtubs.
(Online: O'Hearn, D. P. Maclean's Magazine, November 15, 1946.)

CREATOR: Batson, E. Bert



BODY OF WATER: Atlantic Ocean

CONDITION: Very Good.  Clean with the top 1/3 imperceptibly darker, not adversely impacting image quality.



SIZE: 20 " x 36 "




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