Mg 2, 1245, Page 22 (Public Archives, Halifax, NS)THE ENTERPRISE - New Glasgow, NS, September 04, 1909 and May 18, 1918
"Our pioneer mechanics"
In 1838 James Rose was the foreman for the Cantley Brothers - Alexander, George and Charles. After that he and William Fraser built a vessel for the late Senator James Carmichael. In 1840 he was foreman for Mr. Patrick at Merigonish, and built two vessels for him, one of which was called the Atlanta. He was then foreman for James Chisolm of a vessel called the Margaret. In 1843 he was foreman of a vessel called the George, for Alexander and Charles Cantley; the last named being the father of Thomas Cantley. In the same year he was foreman for James Carmichael of a vessel called the Egerton. This vessel was built in the short time of three months; and this was followed by a barque of 480 tons called the Hyndford. He was then foreman of a vessel called the Sarah, for James Chisolm; he was foreman of a ship called the William Penn, built by Mr. Kitchen, of River John. He was foreman for Captain Thomas Graham of a number of vessels. Some of them were the Ripper, Bride, Blooming, Lass, Ann Marett, Fanny Bloomer, Annie, Argus, Costus, Pilot, Elizabeth, Eleanor, etc. He was foreman of an old vessel for Captain Thomas Graham, called the Roger Stewart. This was an old English vessel Captain Graham bought; had her hauled up here, and lengthened her. This was in 1855. The Roger Stewart was afterwards lost on the coast of Northern Scotland. He built three other vessels after this; the Margaret, the Fauna and the Lifue. He was foreman for John F. McDonald at a vessel called the Druid launched May, 1857. In the winter of 1864, he was foreman for Donald Matheson, (at) L'Ardoise, C.B. of a vessel called the Florence. In 1865 he was foreman of a vessel called Let Her Be, built for Thomas Graham and Capt. McLeod. This was the last vessel he built.
During the last years of his life he suffered from rheumatism. He died November, 1882. Mr. Rose was a man that was highly esteemed, and was of a most kindly disposition. During the greater part of his life he was connected with the Knox Church; and for the last eight years with United Church. Of him it can be said, he was a good man and left a good name behind him. He was married in 1834, his wife being Isabella Fraser. The surviving members of his family are, Roderick, in Cheverie, Hants Co. N.S. William in New Glasgow, and David, Fraser's Mountain.