Henry Fry and the Glorious

Era of Quebec’s Sailing Ships

by John Fry

ISBN 978-1-4597-1929-3

240 PAGES, 62 B&W illustrations

 Paperback – Large Format



A Mind at Sea is an intimate window into a vanished time when Canada was among the world’s great maritime countries.  Between 1856 and 1877, Henry Fry was the Lloyd’s agent for the St. Lawrence River, east of Montreal.  The harbour coves around his home in Quebec were crammed with immense rafts of cut wood, the river’s shoreline sprawled with yards where giant square-rigged ships, many owned by Fry, were built.

As the president of Canada’s Dominion Board of Trade, Fry was at the epicentre of wealth and influence.  His home city of Quebec served as the capital of the province of Canada, while its port was often the scene of a raw criminality.  He fought vigorously against the crimping - kidnapping of sailors - and the dangerous practices of deck-loading.  He also fought against and overcame his personal demon – mental depression, going on to write many ship histories and essays on U.S.-Canada relations.

Henry Fry was a colourful figure and reformer who interacted with the famous figures of the day, including Lord and Lady Dufferin, Sir John A Macdonald, Wilfrid Laurier, and Sir Narcisse-Fortunat Belleau, Quebec’s lieutenant-governor.

John Fry worked for more that 40 years as a magazine editor at the Times Mirror Company and at the New York Times Company, retiring in 1999.  fry has published many articles on travel, skiing, health, and religion.  He is a citizen of Canada as well as the United States, and lives in Katonah, New York.


Published by Dundurn Press, Toronto [World Rights]


  • ISBN  978-1-4597-1929-3   Large paperback  $24.99 CAD
  • ISBN  978-1-4597-1930-9   E-book, PDF, $24.99 CAD
  • ISBN  978-1-4597-1931-6   E-book, EPUB, $11.99 CAD

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