Back to the Banks of the Dunk

Carter card
Dunk River, P.E. Island. Carter & Co. card #1152

In an earlier post I had noted the inordinate number of Pre-WW1 postcards depicting the Dunk River running through eastern Prince County of Prince Edward Island. I have recently identified another half-dozen cards showing the Dunk. Several of these are the work of amateur photographer W.S. Louson who appears to have had a particular attraction to the area but many more are unidentified as to photographer.

The Dunk was a popular trout stream, perhaps the most productive in the province and was a destination for many fishermen (and women).  It is not however, easily reached directly by train as the line of the P.E.I. Railway crosses the stream only in its upper reaches at Breadalbane. The development of automobile access was difficult owing to the restrictive views of farmers who were able to place strict limits to auto use in rural areas before the War and most visitors approached the river by horse and buggy. A bridge near Lower Freetown was one of the closest spots to both Kensington and Summerside and many of the postcards have images in this location.

Dunk steel bridge - Carter
Dunk River, P.E. Island. Carter & Co. card

Rather than develop a complete new page devoted to these newly-found images I have added them to the gallery of Dunk River photos in my original posting.  This gallery is likely only a portion of the cards that may be out there and I would be happy to learn of any other early images of the location.

My previous post posed a question relating to a postcard, labeled “Anglers’ Joy” of a hunter on the bank of the Dunk and with the discovery of another Warwick Bros. & Rutter card I have added a probable explanation for the strange title.

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Author: sailstrait

I am an archivist, historian and small boat sailor. Over the years have built several small boats, the most recent of which was a Medway Skiff. Since 2011 I have been skipper of "Ebony", a 1982 Halman 20. I sail in Northumberland Strait between Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. Member of the Charlottetown Yacht Club, PEI Sailing Association and the Northumberland Strait Yachting Association. I have also an interest in the history of the Charlottetown Yacht Club, Charlottetown Harbour, Northumberland Strait and the vessels that have sailed there over the years.

5 thoughts on “Back to the Banks of the Dunk”

    1. Like the death of Mark Twain the death of the Dunk is highly exaggerated. While there have been a large number of chemical fish-kills over the years the resilience of the river is considerable and the fish population, aided by re-stocking, has returned to reasonable levels. There has been great improvement in agricultural practices including the imposition of a buffer zone between cultivated fields and the river and increased monitoring. There is an active watershed group who are improving habitat and it is still a trouting destination.

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  1. I am pretty sure L.H. Read also fished and camped by the Dunk. Photos were seen in Summerside collections.

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    1. Yes, There are a number of nice Read photos of the Dunk. In, fact it was a very popular subject for a lot of photographers and it is not surprising that so many were made into cards. I suspect that some of the cards started life as Read images.

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