By Sandra Dogger Klassen
Most Doggers trace our family back to Obbe Dogger, 1607 Schild, Texel Norde Holland, Netherlands. They took the name Dogger as they were fishermen of the dogfish.
My father Jacob Dogger and his parents Dirk Dogger/Jenneke (Vogelsang) Dogger all from Delft … arrived in Canada in 1923, my father was 4 at the time. They shipped from Rotterdam on the ship Volendam. My dad had other siblings all are gone now but for one sister . I have a copy of my grandparents immigration papers and wedding papers. I am aware, though, my grandfather Dirk came from Friesland.
My grandfather died in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Of my omah, I have no memory but through family photos; of their other offspring, I know little as they were a diverse family. Most history was lost to fire of my grandparents home . All I have had until recently has been oral history
My dad (born December 30, 1919 Delft Holland), now 91, resides in a nursing home in Ft Erie, Ontario, Canada. He had me do a search online to Texel Island knowing there were many Doggers there. Coincidentally I was connected with a Miriam Klaasen. Same name different spelling!
Miriam Klaasen, also by co incidence heard from my cousin Llynda Dogger Chapman in Melbourne, and also from Cor Dogger (Els) in Delft within the same time frame, weeks from each of us.
Since then our correspondence has grown to include several more “cousins”. We will, in the next year, put our family trees together … and send them to you.
I had three other siblings, one of whom were deceased aged 26. His two children are to be included within our family tree although they now use the name Marlin … Ah, a fish by any other name!!
There appear to be no more boy “children” in Canada with a Dogger name. My father had a brother Richard (Dick) in Ontario he is now deceased as is his wife my Aunt Gladys.. They had three sons. If I understand correctly two of them were adopted. My cousin Terry (Bev) Dogger in Gravenhurst, Ontario has been known to our family most of my life. He and my brother were friends. He and his wife have one daughter. Of the adopted sons I know of one in Alberta and his son here in our province. They (Forrest and Cheryl) have no children by choice … And that’s the news for today!
For the weather, please tune in to http://www.yr.no/place/Norway/Hav/Dogger_bank/
For Dogger Boats read on:
Fishing boats at Newfoundland, 1822: “The Newfoundland and Labrador cod fishery struggled to remain profitable following the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815. Fish prices dropped, competition increased, merchant firms struggled to stay solvent, and fish workers watched their earnings disappear.” http://yachthub.com/list/ed.html?de=65907
Since I have a daughter (Dr Carrie Dyck) living in Newfoundland working at MUN (Memorial University) I am familiar with the words Cod Smack. I have yet to see one though!
For sale: “Fresh from a major recent refit including shipwright, electrical and mechanical work, this well regarded Dogger design is very well presented. With a roomy interior and nice cockpit she is a the ideal cruiser racer. She has a successful racing history could still be competitive on handicap as well as perfect for cruising offshore.” http://yachthub.com/list/ed.html?de=65907
Signing off, Sandra
Audio: Sailing over the Dogger Bank