In recent months, I have had 3 great experiences associated with the Beach House that I’d like to share with you.
Four Fathers of Confederation were from Cumberland County, Nova Scotia
Although I have had a life-long interested in public issues and the political process, I found out only last fall that four Fathers of Confederation were from Cumberland County,
Nova Scotia, where the Beach House is located – here they are:
Edward Barron Chandler - born in Amherst in 1800, lived in New Brunswick, attended all 3 Confederation conferences, served as Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick
Robert Barry Dickey - born in Amherst, Nova Scotia delegate to the Charlottetown and Quebec conferences, appointed to the new Senate of Canada in 1867, after Confederation
Sir Charles Tupper (whom I knew about, as he bought Ottawa House By-the-Sea in 1872 as his cottage) - born in Amherst, attended all 3 Confederation conferences, first president
of the Canadian Medical Association, became Prime Minister in May, 1896
Jonathan McCully - born on a farm in Maccan, Cumberland County, taught Sir Charles Tupper in a local school, became a lawyer, attended all 3 Confederation conferences,
appointed to the new Senate of Canada in 1867, after Confederation.
Have a look at these guys at
Tysons’ Fine Minerals Inc.
Helen Tyson uses glass, pearls, wire, and minerals, including Nova Scotia quartz, to make absolutely gorgeous sculptures and jewelry. Helen’s studio and gallery are on the main floor
of a magnificent house on the Parrsboro harbour that she and her husband, Rod, have restored. As an added point of interest, the studio and gallery are on the road that leads to Ottawa
House – so, when you visit, you’ll know that you’re on the exact same road that Sir Charles Tupper took when he went back and forth to his cottage. Helen’s place is about a 15 minute
drive from the Beach House.
Building the Hiram D. MacLean in 1919
A couple of years ago my aunt gave me a box of old family photos. When Conrad Byers, internationally recognized expert on the Age of Sail, was helping me to sort out the pictures
he noticed 5 that tracked the building and launching of the Hiram D. MacLean in 1919 at the MacLean & McKay Shipyard in Economy, Colchester County, Nova Scotia.
The Hiram D. MacLean measured 152 feet in length, 12.8 feet in width and 35.5 feet in height. Its maximum tonnage was 447. The ship was sold to purchasers in St. Pierre and Miquelon
in 1921 and renamed the St. Pierraise. Unfortunately, it sank in the early 1920s.
Conrad tells me that it is rare to find a sequence of pictures for the building of wooden hull ships. When I visited Tysons’ Fine Minerals last fall, I happened to mention to
Helen Tyson that we were working on a collage of these pictures. During our chat, Helen suggested that we use them to make a poster. So, guess what? The next time I am in Nova Scotia,
I am going to tackle this project – watch the next issue of The Yorke Report to see if I’ve been able to pull this together. If it works out, I have other old photos that would also
make great posters.
Finding these pictures was very special to me, as I have wonderful memories of attending loads of ship launchings at the Port Greville ship yard, as a child – it was always very exciting!
Thanks to both Conrad and Helen for sharing their creativity with me!