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This folding marlinspike is a donation from the Miramichi Historical Society.  A marlinspike is used in such tasks as unlaying rope for splicing, untying knots, drawing line tight, and joining ropes under tension.

The marlinspike may be a separate tool or, like this one, one item on a pocket knife.

This folding marlinspike is a donation from the Miramichi Historical Society. A marlinspike is used in such tasks as unlaying rope for splicing, untying knots, drawing line tight, and joining ropes under tension.

The marlinspike may be a separate tool or, like this one, one item on a pocket knife.
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January 25th, 4:00 pm

Understanding that the current health guidelines prevent public events, and wishing to maintain the comfort and safety of our presenters and guests, we have chosen to cancel the 2021 Speaker Series, for the present time.  We hope to be able to present the event to you in the future, and are looking into ways in which that might be accomplished.  We appreciate your patience, and apologize for any inconvenience.

Understanding that the current health guidelines prevent public events, and wishing to maintain the comfort and safety of our presenters and guests, we have chosen to cancel the 2021 Speaker Series, for the present time. We hope to be able to present the event to you in the future, and are looking into ways in which that might be accomplished. We appreciate your patience, and apologize for any inconvenience. ... See MoreSee Less

January 22nd, 9:22 am

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Tough call, but probably the best one at this time...soon, things will be better.

A difficult decision to make but it was the right one at this time. Looking forward to attending when it will be safer.

Some familiar faces in the re-enactment of the Russell Shipyard, part of a live performance staged in 2010 #tbt

Some familiar faces in the re-enactment of the Russell Shipyard, part of a live performance staged in 2010 #tbt ... See MoreSee Less

January 21st, 4:00 pm

As it turns out, the Adriatic built on Beaubears Island was also lost, but in 1882, rather than in 1864. This took place a little closer to home, in the Strait of Belle Isle, which separates the Labrador Peninsula from the island of Newfoundland.

As it turns out, the Adriatic built on Beaubears Island was also lost, but in 1882, rather than in 1864. This took place a little closer to home, in the Strait of Belle Isle, which separates the Labrador Peninsula from the island of Newfoundland. ... See MoreSee Less

January 19th, 4:00 pm

For many years, we thought that the Adriatic, built on Beaubears Island in 1856, was a casualty of the American Civil War.  We knew that the Adriatic was burned by the Tallahassee, a cruiser in the Confederate States Navy, in 1864.  The only problem was, it wasnt our Adriatic, this one was built in New York. 

Check back later today to find out what happened the Beaubears-built version!

For many years, we thought that the Adriatic, built on Beaubears Island in 1856, was a casualty of the American Civil War. We knew that the Adriatic was burned by the Tallahassee, a cruiser in the Confederate States Navy, in 1864. The only problem was, it wasn't our Adriatic, this one was built in New York.

Check back later today to find out what happened the Beaubears-built version!
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January 19th, 10:00 am

This ships hammer, another item loaned from Ken Weatherby, sports a hand-forged head and iron braced handle.

This ship's hammer, another item loaned from Ken Weatherby, sports a hand-forged head and iron braced handle. ... See MoreSee Less

January 18th, 4:00 pm

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Norma Weatherby

This somewhat "jacketed" design was indicative of early hammers, as we see in this 16th century engraving from German Painter Albrecht Dürer

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Have a look at Ken's latest episode - looking at how geology and nature co-exist

www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP-qxK5558I&ab_channel=BITV
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January 15th, 4:00 pm

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Double canoes on tour in 2016 #tbt

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January 14th, 4:00 pm

John offers personal reflection on his father's work in chronicling the history of Nelson.

This series is made possible through the assistance of the NB Heritage Branch
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January 13th, 4:00 pm

A ditty bag is a small bag used to carry ones personal effects or toiletries while traveling. It gets its name from ditto bag, as it usually carried two of every article.  This bag, loaned from Ken Weatherby, is from the Avon Queen, which was four-masted vessel built at Hantsport, N.S., in 1917, powered entirely by sail. Its captain was R. Alexander MacLean, who grew up in Hardwicke.

A "ditty bag" is a small bag used to carry one's personal effects or toiletries while traveling. It gets it's name from "ditto bag", as it usually carried two of every article. This bag, loaned from Ken Weatherby, is from the Avon Queen, which was four-masted vessel built at Hantsport, N.S., in 1917, powered entirely by sail. Its captain was R. Alexander MacLean, who grew up in Hardwicke. ... See MoreSee Less

January 11th, 4:00 pm

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Norma Weatherby

The Pilot Boat approaches the Avon Queen, in Miramichi Bay, 1934 L-R Avon Queen Capt. RA MacLean, unknown, Pilot Capt. Stan Preston, Crewman JA Duffy.

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If I may post, Some interesting info on the Avon Queen here....https://www.saltscapes.com/people-culture-section/people-culture-category/867-the-last-queen.html?fbclid=IwAR0M5jiY819mboxQpv2DWARls5pFExHWh4vQCQFVovJn3Hdu1A6xaTiwAU0

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Ken isn't the only one who's taken YouTube by storm, check out the newly refurbished Days Of Yore series, only on BITV!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVW9beF-27Y&ab_channel=BITV
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January 8th, 4:00 pm

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Fantastic!!!

A guest marvels at the lofty pines while on tour in 2008 #tbt

A guest marvels at the lofty pines while on tour in 2008 #tbt ... See MoreSee Less

January 7th, 4:00 pm