Lymburner Co. was the business started in Quebec City by John Lymburner cir.1761. The business was sealing, whaling and salmon fishing on the Labrador coast, and being in shipping it also included trading in goods needed in the colony, such as wine from Spain and Portugal.
At John's death in 1772 his brother Adam Lymburner inherited the business and came to Québec to run it. He was very succesfull and later brought in his young brother Matthew and nephew John Crawford and trained them in the operation. The business later extended to fur trading and was operating with other Ayershiremen in Canada and London in a network that was profitable for all. Matthew later took over as manager of the company and Adam spent more of his time in politics and travels. He represented the merchants of Montreal and Quebec before the parliament in London and was very active in pleading the cause of a representative assembly.
The ships coming in to Quebec where bringing salt needed in large quantities for preserving the fish for shipment to Europe. The oil was probably from the whaling operation and coal was needed for melting the blubber. The company had a large dock in Quebec city and it remained a landmark for many years, long after the company closed.
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