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SHDP Newsletter Fall 2018 edition
October is Family History Month.....is it time to?
  • update your family tree?
  • email your distant cousin?
  • organize your family photos?
  • join a local genealogy society?
  • scan those documents?
  • visit your ancestors grave? (if you are nearby).
How will you celebrate Family History Month?
 
Do you have a photo or information you'd like to see included in the next newsletter? 
Please send it to info@shiphectordescendants.ca
Thank you
 
I’d like to dedicate this edition of the newsletter to my brother Spencer, who passed away this summer at the age of 72.
Spencer & I shared a common interest in genealogy. 
I miss his sense of humor and our get togethers!
He helped countless people find their family connections while a volunteer at the North Shore Archives in Tatamagouche. 
 ❤️
Many of you who subscribe to this newsletter have been in contact to verify your connection to a Ship Hector passenger. 
If you haven't I would love to hear how you are connected. 

Please send an email to hectorroots1773@gmail.com outlining your direct ancestral line back to a passenger or who you believe it might be.

Dates, location in Pictou County and spouses names are helpful.   Your info might solve a puzzle for another "unconfirmed" descendant.

Thanks to everyone who has shared your information, eg wills, photos and descendant information, it is INCREDIBLY helpful!

Thank you for your assistance!
BROWN'S POINT IS THE PLACE WHERE THE SHIP HECTOR CAME ASHORE IN 1773.  THIS SUMMER, I VISITED THE LOCATION WITH HEATHER & NEIL (A COUPLE OF DESCENDANTS OF HUGH FRASER & MAGDALENE). 
A PLAQUE AT THE LOCATION READS:

(TOP PART IS GAELIC)
THIS STONE IS TO PAY TRIBUTE
TO THE SCOTTISH PIONEERS
WHO CAME ASHORE FROM
THE SHIP HECTOR
THE 15TH OF SEPTEMBER 1773.
UNVEILED BY
HONOURABLE J. JAMES KINLEY
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF NOVA SCOTIA
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO LIKE & SHARE THE SHDP FACEBOOK PAGE. 
 
The page now has over 500 followers.
I was thrilled with the response!
The reach of Facebook is amazing! 

 
Over the past couple of months, there have been several
Ship Hector events that focused on celebrating its' legacy:
  • Voyage, A Journey of Hope, a musical, featuring local talent with a few descendants, produced by Sandy MacKay
  • Pictou United Church, a celebration of the 245th anniversary of the landing of the Ship Hector, an annual event (with music, pipes and Highland dancing)                                                                                                                                       
  • "Piper" book launch at McCulloch House Museum & Genealogy Centre,  with author Jacqueline Halsey
  • "The Life & Times of John Ross of the Hector",  a presentation by Malcolm Bangor-Jones at McCulloch House Museum & Genealogy Centre
 
 


............Nova Scotia resident Wayne Stevens has created a replica of the Ship Hector, each is made by hand from scratch and as such no two are identical.
 
The approximate dimensions of the models are 33 inches (84cm) in length, 31inches (79cm) in height and 5.5 inches (14cm) wide at the deck.

Wayne points out that he has changed the trim color on the launch from white to blue on some but other than that it would be hard to see any differences between any two models. Wayne has resorted to using beads as dead eyes in the rigging as they are to small to reproduce by hand but otherwise all components of the models are made by hand. He estimates it takes approximately 100 hours to create each model.  He is selling them for $300



If you are interested in purchasing a Ship Hector replica model, you can contact Wayne at: wayne.deb.stevens@gmail.com


 

At a recent event I had the opportunity to chat with Alison Balzer who offers Tours in Scotland and I invited her to submit a segment to the SHDP newsletter to share information about her research tours in Scotland.............

 
Hello, my name is Alison and I live in beautiful Nova Scotia.  I am a Scotland Travel Specialist and am delighted to be the Tour Host on my Textiles and Heritage trip (details can be found below).  My company Journeys2Scotland provides small group tours and personalized itineraries, specifically for Scotland.  My appreciation for Scotland began over 30 years ago when we moved to live there for a short time.  We returned to Canada but Scotland has been in my heart ever since then.  I am currently studying Scottish Heritage (MLitt) on-line through the University of Aberdeen.

Next year, I am hosting a trip to Scotland that includes some time in Wester Ross.  I would be happy to include a visit to the Ullapool Museum during the Tour.  Alternatively, if there was some interest in organizing a group to visit the Ullapool area, I would be available to help with that too.

 

Scottish Textiles and Heritage Tour 2019

 
8 days/7 nights with 3-4 star accommodations, transportation and tour host
(accommodations in Inverness, Ullapool, Shieldaig, Glasgow)

Join us next Autumn from 16-23 October 2019 for a unique opportunity to join me for a fun week exploring the historic wonders of Inverness, Moray and Speyside before travelling through the spectacular mountain and coastal scenery of Torridon and the West Coast of Scotland.  With deep lochs, high mountains, a dramatic west coast, beautiful beaches, historic castles, quaint Highland villages, fine food from our great Scottish larder, and a wee tipple at a handcrafted Scottish gin distillery there’s a little bit of everything on this tour through the magnificent Scottish Highlands. 

For more information on this tour or our trip to Shetland, both in 2019, please see my website at Journeys to Scotland


                            
 
This is a picture of the Ullapool Museum, which houses genealogical archives, including a particular focus on the Hector.  Ullapool, situated on Loch Broom, began the Museum in 1996, to “… collect, preserve and protect the history and heritage of the Parish of Lochbroom, …”.  It covers the lives of people in Wester Ross and also the story of the Highland Clearances.  Research is available either by distance or by visiting the Centre.  For more information, the Research Pack can be found here, at Ullapool Museum



 
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