Transcript: Places of Ontario - Old Fort William | May 16, 1990

[birds chirping]
[splashing]
[horses snorting]
[reins jingling]

Several clips show a forest, a lake, and a port.
Then, a clip shows a man and a woman in a horse-drawn cart.

The man says OKAY, GOOD BOY.
[reins jingling]

(music plays)
[sawing]
[hooves clomping]
[banging]
[scraping]

Several clips show two men sawing a wooden plank with a two-man saw, a man debarking a log with an axe, and a man in his thirties shaping a wooden plank. He is clean-shaven, has short brown hair, and is wearing a striped brown shirt, and a purple vest.

He says SO WE'VE ALMOST GOT
ANOTHER RIB MADE.
I'VE ONLY GOT ANOTHER 50 MORE
TO GO BEFORE I CAN PUT IT
IN THE CANOE.
AND ONCE I'VE GOT IT
THINNED DOWN, I'LL BE ABLE
TO TAKE IT OUTSIDE AND STEAM
IT AND THEN SHAPE IT TO THE
FRAME OF A CANOE SO THAT
IT'LL BEND WITHOUT BREAKING.
SO WE HAVE TO THIN IT OUT
A LITTLE BIT MORE AGAIN.
[scraping]

(music plays)

A clip shows the man repairing a canoe.

He says JUST DOING SOME
REPAIRS TO THE CANOE.
I HAVE TO SEW THE GUNNEL BACK
TOGETHER, AND I'M USING A
SPRUCE ROOT TO TIE
THE CANOE TOGETHER.
AND IT'S THE SAME ROOT WE
USED TO SEW THE BIRCHBARK
TOGETHER ON THE
BOTTOM OF THE CANOE.
BUT AFTER WE SEW IT, WE HAVE
TO MAKE SURE WE SEAL THE SEAMS
BY PUTTING A PITCH
ON THE OUTSIDE.
AND THE PITCH IS A MIXTURE
OF SPRUCE GUM, PINE RESIN,
LARD AND CHARCOAL,
WHICH WAS DEVELOPED BY THE
NATIVES TO SEAL THE CANOES.
HOPEFULLY, IT'LL KEEP
ALL THE WATER OUT.
A BIRCHBARK CANOE LIKE THIS
ONE WOULD NORMALLY CARRY ABOUT
SIX MEN, AND IT WOULD GO INTO
THE INTERIOR OF THE COUNTRY,
BRINGING BACK ABOUT A TON AND
A HALF OF FUR AS ITS CARGO
THAT THE NATIVES WOULD HAVE
BEEN TRAPPING IN THE INTERIOR
OF NORTH AMERICA.
[thud]

A clip shows a small settlement by a river.
Then, several clips show people in a canoe, men firing cannons, and well-dressed men shaking hands, men sitting around a table, and people working in stores, tanneries.

[birds chirping]
[bells ringing]
[shouting/clapping]
[cannons blasting]
[bagpipe playing]

A clip shows a man and a woman walking into a store carrying furs.

The clerk says I SEE YOU'VE BROUGHT
SOME FURS TO TRADE.

The woman says TRAPPING WAS VERY
GOOD LAST WINTER.

The clerk says I CAN SEE THAT.
[drum roll]
[hooves clomping]

A clip shows a man standing beside a well.

He says THINGS WILL BE A LOT QUIETER IN
THE FALL HERE AT FORT WILLIAM.
IN THE SUMMER, WE HAD
HUNDREDS, EVEN THOUSANDS OF
VOYAGEURS AND TRADERS MEETING
HERE FOR THE RENDEZVOUS.
WE WOULD HAVE THE NOR'WESTERS
COMING OUT OF NORTHWEST WITH
THE FURS, AND THE MONTREAL
PARTNERS COMING UP FROM
MONTREAL WITH THE TRADE GOODS,
THE BIG EXCHANGE AND THEN
EVERYONE HAS ALREADY
BY NOW LEFT BACK TO
WHERE THEY CAME FROM.
WE'LL STILL HAVE APPROXIMATELY
70 PEOPLE FED AND CLOTHED BY
THE COMPANY OVER THE
WINTER, SO THERE'S STILL
QUITE A BIT TO DO.
OF COURSE, WE'RE HARVESTING.
WE HAVE TO GO FISHING AND
COLLECT SOME FIREWOOD.
AND THESE BUILDINGS ALL AROUND
US NEED SOME ATTENTION.
WE HAVE TO DO SOME CHINKING
BETWEEN THE BOARDS AND WHATNOT.

(music plays)

A clip shows a sign that reads “Welcome to Old Fort William.”

[birds chirping]

End credits roll
Editor, Jim Crewe
Producer/Director, Inge Johnson

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