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The Captain's Table
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Price range: US$8 - US$19
Description: The Captain's Table received its name in honor of Newfoundland's greatest hero, Captain William Jackman, the great-great-great-grandfather of the Owner Melissa Jackman. HISTORY It was October 9, 1867 - A day long remembered for the vicious storm that lashed the rocky Labrador coast. William Jackman, a strong but soft-spoken sealing captain from Renews, had taken his ship and crew to his property at Spotted Island. At the peak of the storm, Jackman bundled himself in his warmest clothes and headed outside. The third crewman, named Crosbie, pulled on his clothes and followed him.Their heads bowed, Jackman and Crosbie pressed on through the blowing snow towards the coast until they saw a fishing schooner being pounded to pieces on a reef several hundred metres from shore. "She'll not last a few hours in a gale like this", shouted the Captain. Instructing Crosbie to fetch as many ropes and men as possible he tore off his coat and boots and dived into the violent surf.Thoughts of the schooner's doomed crew and cries of those on board spurred Jackman on through the icy water. Looking up, he saw a crowd of faces, most weeping with joy. Jackman soon learned there were 27 on board, more than her usual number since she had collided with another schooner earlier that day and had taken all of its passengers and crew on board as well. After Jackman had caught his breath, he took one of the crew on his back and swam through the raging sea back to shore, stopping only long enough to catch his breath. This he did ten more times. When he returned to shore with the eleventh man, Crosbie and the Howell brothers had arrived with coils of rope. Jackman, blue with cold, tied the rope around his waist and again plunged into the sea. After four attempts to reach the vessel, he soon returned with another crew member on his back. The men on the shore pulled with all their might until Jackman delivered the survivor to shore. Then he was gone again. Jackman managed to rescue 15 more this way. "Is that all of you?" He asked the group huddled on the rocks. A voice cried out, "There's a woman on board, but she's close to death and she'll not survive bein' hauled through that water. And it may be the death of you too, captain!" Jackman had stopped listening. He pulled himself to his feet, saying "Living or dead, I'll not leave her there!". He threw himself into the sea once again. Reaching the schooner, he found the woman lying on her berth in the cabin below. Once onshore, he covered her with his heavy coat and she lived long enough to thank him for his kindness. Throughout Newfoundland, the 30-year old captain became known as "Jackman the Hero". In 1868, he was awarded a medal by England's Royal Humane Society for his great courage. Jackman himself was quite modest about his bravery. After he had received his medal, he asked his wife, Bridgett, to put it away and never speak of it again. Captain William Jackman's life was tragically cut short when he died in 1877, aged 39 years. His funeral was the largest ever seen in the history of St. John's.
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Description: The Captain's Table received its name in honor of Newfoundland's greatest hero, Captain William Jackman, the great-great-great-grandfather of the Owner Melissa Jackman. HISTORY It was October 9, 1867 - A day long remembered for the vicious storm that lashed the rocky Labrador coast. William Jackman, a strong but soft-spoken sealing captain from Renews, had taken his ship and crew to his property at Spotted Island. At the peak of the storm, Jackman bundled himself in his warmest clothes and headed outside. The third crewman, named Crosbie, pulled on his clothes and followed him.Their heads bowed, Jackman and Crosbie pressed on through the blowing snow towards the coast until they saw a fishing schooner being pounded to pieces on a reef several hundred metres from shore. "She'll not last a few hours in a gale like this", shouted the Captain. Instructing Crosbie to fetch as many ropes and men as possible he tore off his coat and boots and dived into the violent surf.Thoughts of the schooner's doomed crew and cries of those on board spurred Jackman on through the icy water. Looking up, he saw a crowd of faces, most weeping with joy. Jackman soon learned there were 27 on board, more than her usual number since she had collided with another schooner earlier that day and had taken all of its passengers and crew on board as well. After Jackman had caught his breath, he took one of the crew on his back and swam through the raging sea back to shore, stopping only long enough to catch his breath. This he did ten more times. When he returned to shore with the eleventh man, Crosbie and the Howell brothers had arrived with coils of rope. Jackman, blue with cold, tied the rope around his waist and again plunged into the sea. After four attempts to reach the vessel, he soon returned with another crew member on his back. The men on the shore pulled with all their might until Jackman delivered the survivor to shore. Then he was gone again. Jackman managed to rescue 15 more this way. "Is that all of you?" He asked the group huddled on the rocks. A voice cried out, "There's a woman on board, but she's close to death and she'll not survive bein' hauled through that water. And it may be the death of you too, captain!" Jackman had stopped listening. He pulled himself to his feet, saying "Living or dead, I'll not leave her there!". He threw himself into the sea once again. Reaching the schooner, he found the woman lying on her berth in the cabin below. Once onshore, he covered her with his heavy coat and she lived long enough to thank him for his kindness. Throughout Newfoundland, the 30-year old captain became known as "Jackman the Hero". In 1868, he was awarded a medal by England's Royal Humane Society for his great courage. Jackman himself was quite modest about his bravery. After he had received his medal, he asked his wife, Bridgett, to put it away and never speak of it again. Captain William Jackman's life was tragically cut short when he died in 1877, aged 39 years. His funeral was the largest ever seen in the history of St. John's.
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

After waiting an hour for our food, I am passing time by writing this review. Very very slow service in a place that seems to be mostly deep fried food. I won't be back.

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Melissa J, Owner at The Captain's Table, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2018

Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your time with us, we cut, cook and serve everything fresh to order as we feel it makes it much better! If you are in a rush it's best to let your server know ahead of time so we can accommodate and refer the fastest menu items to prepare. We also have a full page on our menu of all grilled and sauteed menu items which do tend to take longer especially if we are busy. Thanks for your review!

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Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

In addition to offering some of the best fish and chips we’ve had they also do an amazing gluten free fish and chips. They should make it widely known. Great job.

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Melissa J, Owner at The Captain's Table, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2018

Thanks so much for you review! Glad you enjoyed everything! So happy to hear you enjoyed the gluten free! We know how hard it is to get some places so we are extremely happy to be able to accommodate this!

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Reviewed 19 June 2018

Went there last week. It was busy but the service was very good and the food was even better. Their fish and chips is the thing to order. Deadly.

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Melissa J, Owner at The Captain's Table, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2018

Thanks so much for you review! Glad you enjoyed everything!

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Reviewed 11 June 2018

The atmosphere when we visited was quiet and a bit subdued. There was a short wait to give the server your order but there was an extremely long time wait for the meal to be placed on the table, well over i i/4 hours. The taste of the food was nothing special for sure. The cost for the meal was a bit higher than I felt it was worth.
The only bright spot for the visit was the young server that had to keep apologizing. I am quiet sure this was my last visit to this establishment.

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Melissa J, Owner at The Captain's Table, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2018

Very sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your meal. We have actually just added to our menu about wait times, everything here is cut, cooked and served fresh to order which is why it takes a bit longer, but we feel it is worth the wait! We hope you will give us another chance someday! Thanks for the review!

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Reviewed 8 June 2018

I had dinner here after checking into Elaine's B&B down the road. I got the fried cod tongue (I LOVE this dish, wish the States had it). It was very good -- nice batter, good taste. I had it with French fries and coleslaw, which were both good. The service was very pleasant and efficient, and the nautical decor was cute. I also got a delicious highball, which was desperately needed after that day's long drive. I found the prices very reasonable.

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Melissa J, Owner at The Captain's Table, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2018

Thanks so much for you review! Glad you enjoyed everything!

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