Were they the good old days?!!

June 29, 2018

In 1824 in Edinburgh, Scotland, Norman MacLeod suggested the Gaelic bible should be printed with clearer and larger print. He was told to advise his Highland friends to get spectacles. This shows the degree of discrimination that existed against Highlanders back in the 1800’s.

Scots were Irish before they were Scots!

June 29, 2018

During the fifth century a group of Irish settlers left Ireland and formed a settlement in the land of the Picts in the Highlands. They called their land Delraida. The area is now known as Argyllshire. The Picts attacked them many times but did not succeed in destroying them. In 864 Kenneth McApline. the King […]

Sir John A. MacDonald Quotes

May 16, 2017

“Let us be English or let us be French, but above all let us be Canadian.” “A British subject I was born. A British subject I will die.” “Give me better wood and I will build a better cabinet.” “Anybody can support me when I am right. What I want is a man to support […]


May 16, 2017

THE NAME STUBBERT Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation known in England as Poll Tax. Throughout the following centuries the spelling and variations of the original spelling of sur names changed and evolved into names we use today. The first recorded spelling of the family name Stubbert can be found in the Hundred […]


December 4, 2016

As World War I raged in Europe, the port of Halifax was filled with ships carrying troops, relief supplies, and munitions across the Ocean. On Dec. 6, 1917 the Norwegian vessel Imo left its mooring in Halifax harbour for New York City. At the same time, the French freighter Mont Blanc, its cargo hold packed […]

The Irish Monument Park Foundation

July 9, 2015

Walk to the Stone organizers optimistic about Memorial Park initiative after meeting Mayor Coderre For 150 years, Montreal’s Irish community has joined the Ancient Order of Hibernians as they remember the more than 6,000 victims of the Great Hunger, buried in what is now an industrial zone at the foot of the Victoria Bridge.  The Walk to […]

The National Flag of Canada is 50 years old!

July 7, 2015

The National Flag of Canada, consists of a white square at its centre flanked on both sides by a a red field with a stylized, 11-pointed red maple leaf atop the white centre. The flag was designed by George Stanley replaced the Canadian Red Ensign, which had been used as a Canadian national flag from […]

Cape Breton Regional Municipality

July 7, 2015

In the 1990’s eight (8) communities, Glace Bay, New Waterford, Dominion, Louisbourg, Sydney, North Sydney, Sydney Mines and the County of Cape Breton were amalgamated into one community, called the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. To mark this important event a coat of arms, badge, and a flag were granted to the new municipality by the […]

“Father Hughie’s” 90th birthday

February 6, 2015

Posted on February 4, 2015 Adam Cooke, The Port Hawkesbury Report CREIGNISH- Days removed from his 90th birthday, a veteran Roman Catholic parish priest has no retirement plans and says he would follow the same course if given a second chance to live his life. Father Hugh MacDonald, affectionately known as “Father Hughie D” to […]

The Halifax Explosion

December 6, 2014

December 6, 1917 dawned clear and sunny in Halifax.  At around 7:30 am the navy opened the gate in the nets at the entrance to the harbour. The second of several vessels headed up the harbour was the Mont-Blanc laden with explosives. Around the same time, the Imo,  in Bedford Basin raised its anchor and headed toward the Narrows .  It increased its speed as it cleared the ships in the Basin.  And then, through the morning haze, Imo faced Mont-Blanc moving up the Narrows.  Mont-Blanc blew its whistle once, to say it had right of way and would maintain its course: Imo should move to the right. But Imo blew its whistle twice in reply–translation: I am staying where I am. Followed by a rush of whistles between the two ships. And then at the last minute, the Mont-Blanc turned hard to the left as  Imo  at the same time reversed its engines hard astern.   At about 8:45, Imo’s prow struck the starboard bow of Mont-Blanc. It missed the hold carrying TNT but hit  the area carrying picric acid and benzol fuel. As the two vessels ground into each other, sparks flew.  The fire started almost immediately and rapidly grew causing a huge cloud of oily black smoke to envelope the deck. Many people crowded the shore to watch the fire. After twenty minutes, the Mont-Blanc exploded and Halifax is “given a taste of hell.” On the Mont-Blanc a column of gray-black smoke, with bursts of flame like fireworks inside it, rose high into the sky.  The french crew thinking the ship would blow up in minutes abandoned ship.  They were unable to speak English so no one understood their shouts as they rowed furiously for the Dartmouth side of the harbour. The blazing ship drifted up to Pier 6 on the  Halifax shoreline, and the fire spread to the pier’s wooden pilings. the tugboat Stella Maris already in the area trained its fire hose on the burning ship but it made no difference. Then the tug’s skipper,  a Royal Navy officer,  decided to try towing Mont-Blanc away from the pier. But after two dangerous and unsuccesful attempts, they deliberated on what to do next, unaware that they were almost out of time. Almost no one realized the danger not even the fire department. Firemen rushed to the scene as Mont-Blanc drifted towards shore. At 9:04:35 Mont-Blanc exploded with a force stronger than any manmade explosion before it.   The explosion sent a white cloud billowing 20,000 feet above the city.  The steel hull burst sky-high, falling in a blizzard of red-hot, twisted projectiles on both sides of the harbour.   Part of the anchor hit the ground more than 4 kilometers away on the far side of the Northwest Arm. A gun barrel landed in Dartmouth more than 5 kilometers from the harbour. For almost two square kilometers around Pier 6, nothing was left standing. Richmond was obliterated, rubbleon fire, the survivors try desperately to save the dying and the trapped. Rumours of another explosion drove rescuers to higher ground. The blast obliterated the towering sugar refinery, homes, and apartments . On the Dartmouth side, Tuft’s Cove took the brunt of the blast. The small Mi’kmaq settlement of Turtle Grove was obliterated. Within minutes the blast provoked a tsunami that washed up as high as 18 meters above the harbour’s high-water mark on the Halifax side. It lifted Imo onto the Dartmouth shore. The ship stayed there until spring. 1,500 people dead, and more dying. 9,000 injured. More than 13,000 homes and businesses damaged ; 6000 people completely homeless.  Boston sent out a train filled with doctors, nurses, and volunteers to help the people of Halifax an Dartmouth through the desaster.   It must have seemed like an overwhelming job, but Halifax and Dartmouth began to rebuild. From the search for those at faut to the steady progress of rebirth, the city moved on, and most people tried to forget.

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