Bacalao Superior

BACALAO SUPERIOR - A.M. SMITH & CO.

FOR CENTURIES, COD WAS FISHED IN THE WATERS OFF NOVA SCOTIA, SALTED, AND PACKED IN 128 POUND BARRELS AND SHIPPED TO EUROPE AND THE CARIBBEAN

THIS DESIGN IS A REPRODUCTION OF THE ORIGINAL BARRELHEAD LABEL, WITH THE COLOURS AND INSPIRATION OF THE FLAG OF NOVA SCOTIA,THIS PRODUCT WAS SHIPPED AROUND THE WORLD FROM THE HALIFAX WATERFRONT.

ORIGINALLY THE BUSINESS OF A COOPERAGE EXPANDED TO THE EXPORT OF SALTED FISH AND THE IMPORT OF FISHERY SALT. UNDER THE MANAGEMENT OF ALBERT AND FLETCHER S. SMITH, THE COMPANY EMBRACED THREE MAIN DEPARTMENTS – EXPORT, IMPORT, AND DOMESTIC.

THE SMITHS WERE THE LARGEST EXPORTERS OF DRY AND PICKLED SALTED FISH PRODUCTS IN THE MARITIME PROVINCES, AND WERE THE LARGEST IMPORTERS OF SALT IN EASTERN CANADA, BRINGING IN CARGO LOTS FROM WORLD PRODUCTION CENTERS.

BY 1970, A.M. SMITH & CO. WAS ALMOST WHOLLY DEPENDENT ON NEWFOUNDLAND FOR SUPPLIES OF SALTED COD. WHEN THE FEDERAL SALT FISH ACT (BILL C175) WAS PASSED, RESULTING IN THE CREATION OF A STATE×OWNED COMPANY WITH A MONOPOLY OVER ALL PHASES OF THE CURED FISH BUSINESS, A.M. SMITH & CO BECAME REDUNDANT.

THE GOVERNMENT REFUSED TO COMPENSATE REDUNDANT FIRMS, AND THUS A.M. SMITH AND COMPANY LIMITED WERE OBLIGED TO DISCONTINUE THEIR WATERFRONT BUSINESS, AND THEIR PROPERTY WAS SOLD ON NOVEMBER 15, 1973. FLETCHER S. SMITH DIED IN 1987.

THE AREA FORMERLY OCCUPIED BY A.M. SMITH AND COMPANY IS NOW PART OF THE MARITIME MUSEUM OF THE ATLANTIC ON LOWER WATER STREET, HALIFAX, NS.

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