fishing admiral
before Newfoundland was permanently settled, there was no resident governor. The first ship to enter harbour each spring had first choice of onshore facilities (fishing rooms) and its master became the "Admiral" for the rest of the season (the master of the second ship became Vice-Admiral, of the third Rear-Admiral). The fishing admirals maintained law and order and regulations in respect of the fishery. The system died out after the appointment of a governor in 1729

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