11 Johnson Street

11 Johnson Street, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

11 Johnson Street, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

Louis Salvador, from David Salvador.

Louis Salvador, from David Salvador.

David Salvador, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

David Salvador (2012).

Louis Salvador (left) shared this home with his wife, Agnes (Jackett) Salvador. His dragger Shirley & Roland was named for their first two children. Their son David (right) was born in this house in 1947. He was the last of the town’s true buccaneers, a worthy heir to the rum-running Capt. Manuel Zora. David’s illicit cargo was hashish, four and a half tons of it, bound from Morocco to Nova Scotia in 1982 when his boat, the Sea Tern, lost power. Approaching the vessel on a mission of mercy, the Canadian Coast Guard found itself busting the crew instead. David escaped from imprisonment and spent time on the lam before surrendering so he could come back to town and join his parents on their 50th anniversary. “I led a real James Bond life for 15 years,” he told me in 2012. “I wouldn’t swap a minute of it.” He died a year later.


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