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What is a "Bark Inspector"?

Have you ever heard of the occupational title, "Bark Inspector"? I had not. Not until perhaps a dozen years ago, that is. I found out that one of my 3X-Greatgrandfather's Governor-appointed (Pennsylvania) was assigned that job description.

Does this mean Hiram Ayres was assigned to check out the state's trees? Preposterous! Decidedly, not.

The word "bark" is an alternate spelling for the word barque . So what is a barque? See the image.

My ancestor inspected the people who arrived at the port of Philadelphia. What makes all of this the more curious is Hiram was also a school instructor. Perhaps even in those days teachers were complaining about their paycheck?

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lookatdesktop wrote on March 27, 2019, 12:28 PM

Although the name bark inspector sounds pretty hilarious at the sound of it, I think that would have been a job of importance. Being assigned the duty to inspect all of the people who arrived at the port would have been a heavy responsibility to keep record of things. That picture of a sailing ship with a reference from that image to nature, forest, trees and trunks is what made me want to laugh. I wouldn't have ever imagined that image being referred to from those key words.

MegL wrote on March 27, 2019, 1:10 PM

I wonder what he inspected them for? Illegal goods, possible illnesses? Do you know? Interesting occupation.

VinceSummers wrote on March 27, 2019, 1:21 PM

I can't say for certain, but I suspect pretty much everything and anything. What you mention and the legality of materials going in and out, I suspect, at the very least.