SHDP Winter 2021 Newsletter
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Have a safe & healthy winter!
We've done some fine tuning to the project website.  On the "News & Blog" tab you'll find previous Newsletters, dating back to 2017, and the first few entries in a NEW Blog.  Going forward, the Blog entries will include some of the Facebook posts (for the benefit of Non-Facebook users) and up to date information.  Seems that information gets a bit "lost" on Facebook and the website will be a better place to showcase some of the posts for ALL to see.  The blog has a built in search feature which will help once there are more blogs to read!

Click the link below to have a  look......

Thanks to Andrew & Louise of Media Ladder Digital Marketing
for their ongoing web support!
News & Blog
As you probably know, Brown's Point is the location where the Ship Hector landed in Pictou County in 1773.  It is a short distance from the Town of Pictou, along the Jitney Trail.  What you may not know is that this location was formerly the site of a train station, when the trains still came across the tracks over the harbour and into Pictou. The tracks are all gone now but the pathways are now part of the Jitney Trail system.  I recently collaborated with Michelle Young with the Town of Pictou to come up with improved signage along the Trail to let visitors know how to find Brown's Point.  New directional signs will soon be installed at several entry points, ie downtown Pictou, on Browns' Point Road, and at the trail entrance in Lyons' Brook (by the bridge). Look for photos of these new signs in the next newsletter, on Facebook and on the blog.  

It's  a beautiful walk down the Jitney Trail to Brown's Point at any time of year.

Photo of Browns Point Train station from
A new item available in the Ship Hector Descendants Project "shop" 

This money clip with the Ship Hector on it is now available, handcrafted by Atlantic Pewter in New Brunswick.
A small portion of the sale of each item supports the SHDP project & expenses.
You can visit the shop here.
Thank you for your support!
Map of Scotland

As we begin to think about ideas for celebrating 2023, one idea that was first proposed by a Ship Hector descendant was to travel to Scotland to visit places that their ancestors came from. What a great idea! ….. In the past couple of years the idea was shared with a few descendants and there seems to be agreement that this would a fun and educational trip!  Therefore I have started collaborating with someone who is experienced in planning group tours to Scotland, (and she is very knowledgeable re Scottish history)  & we have started exploring the possibility of a
Group Ship Hector Descendant Tour to Scotland.  
Our initial ideas: Travel Late September 2023; Group size 10 - 12 ;  Group tour 7 -10 days with option for travellers to stay longer if desired.  Visit places such as Loch Broom, Greenock, places of origin of Hector passengers eg. Inverness & Sutherlandshire; Incorporate travellers interests into itinerary, Explore Scottish cultural interests as well as historical aspects, eg Culloden, Ullapool Museum.  

Would you be interested in such a trip? If so, please get in touch…….


The burials book I have been working on is in its final stages of completion.  I hope to have it printed in March and then available for purchase, as well as making it available in a PDF format that can be downloaded to your computer or device.  Over seventy passengers burial locations have been identified and most are photographed and transcribed, where graves still exist. 
The photo booklet will be available to purchase on the SHDP Shop soon. The cost will be $20 or less depending on the quantity printed.  If you would like to pre-order a paper copy of the booklet, you can click the button below. 
It will be helpful to get an idea how many copies should be printed.     Thank you
Preorder a Burials Photo Booklet
This senior lady is Catherine Fraser Ives (1778-1865) who was a daughter of Hector passenger Charles Fraser.  She married George Ives and they had 5 children.  This is the only photo of a (first generation) Hector passenger’s child I have seen to date. Thanks to Al Robertson for sharing his family photos! 
If you have a descendant photo to share please do!
Many of you who subscribe to this newsletter are descendants of one or more Ship Hector passengers and have confirmed this through genealogy research, family records, and possibly DNA.  Others may not know for sure and are still trying to solve the “puzzle”.  Sometimes the puzzle can be solved by sharing the information you have and collaborating with others in hopes that some new information will help.  It could be a family bible, a will, a deed or even a transcribed gravestone that provides a crucial piece of info.  If you have info you’d like to share with other descendants, or are looking for something in particular, it would be great to hear from you. 

My first request is to find a will for Hector passengers James Grant or Kenneth Fraser, if one exists! Thanks
If you are on Facebook please like and follow the SHDP page.
Ship Hector descendants are regularly featured with various photos and info about their life and accomplishments.  An easy way to find these is to use the hashtag #shiphectordescendant to search for them on Facebook. 
What would you like to see more of on Facebook posts? Send me an email with your ideas & photos ......

The St. Andrew’s Society of New Glasgow was founded in 1921 with a vision of:  
building a monument to recognize the first immigrants on the Ship Hector; to provide leadership for the upcoming 150th Anniversary of the Hector’s landing; and to establish a society to “perpetuate the County’s Scottish Heritage”  
In 2004 the name was changed to the Saint Andrew's Society of Pictou County to better represent the County wide membership.

This crest has been updated in anticipation of the 100th Anniversary of the Society this year.
Visit the St Andrews Society Facebook Page
A Hector descendant Donald Fraser, submitted this photo to the newsletter to be shared with all of you. The photo is from the "High Life Highland" magazine and they have given permission to share it. Before it sailed to Nova Scotia, the Hector was anchored close to this location.  The photo was taken circa 1935 of Horse Island, which is north of Ullapool (or Loch Broom) where the Ship Hector departed from.  The website for the magazine is which shares a wide range of historic photos in the Highlands including Ullapool.  Thank you Donald for submitting the photo!
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Please send your ideas to
It would be great to hear from you!
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