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Our season begins...

First up...

Our April Sunday Afternoon event was a great success and extra special with the music of Laura O'Hearn and the North Street Straw Band! A really big thank you to all of those people who provided prizes, sold tickets, bought tickets, helped set-up, take down, and organize. We could NOT exist without your help.
 

For all of you...

Opening day is May 19 and there will be free coffee, tea and blueberry cake for everyone over the 3-day long weekend. Come on by and say hello to our new summer staff. We are all looking forward to another year.

New this year...

Bob Chaulk, our fabulous historian, and now model maker, has completed a two year project of building a scale model of the SS Atlantic. It is amazing! Come on by and take a look at the fine details. If you are interested, maybe we can convince Bob into giving a talk on how he created this amazing model on his first attempt at model making. If you are interested, just tell the staff.
Job Opportunity

Assistant Manager for Museum and Craft Shop

Summer employment opportunity for students entering or returning to post secondary university or community college term in September. Successful candidates must have their own mode of transportation – as there is no public transportation to/from Terence Bay.

DUTIES
Responsible for daily operations of SS Atlantic Heritage Park with boardwalk, interpretation centre, museum, craft shop and tea room. Duties include learning the history of SS Atlantic, meeting the public, giving guided tours to visitors including school tours, marketing and promotion to tourists and HRM residents, planning special events, handling sales, keeping an inventory of sales, helping with displays of artifacts and sale items, researching history, baking and serving refreshments, regular cleaning and upkeep of the site.

Available to work most weekends starting May 20 with 2 days off a week.
Work term: 14 weeks, 35 hr/week at $11.00/hr plus 4% holiday pay.
Program subsidized under the provincial SKILL summer employment programme.

QUALIFICATIONS
Interested  in marketing, promotion, public relations, tourism, local history, and retail operations. Must have good written and oral communication skills. Must be comfortable dealing with the public; able to use a cash register, computer, handle money, balance daily sales, and social media for promotion. Must be dependable, conscientious and able to work with little supervision.  
Employer will attempt to provide opportunities for student to develop skills in area of study or special interest.
 
Deadline for application: May 10, 2018
Apply to ssatlantic@ns.sympatico.ca

The Phaeton

On April 15, 1873 the Halifax Morning Chronicle reported on the state of the SS Atlantic wreck, saying that during a storm the day before, "a large case containing a fine carriage was washed out, and was saved almost undamaged."

A few days later, Patrick Power, a Halifax merchant, purchased the carriage at auction. After his death in 1881, it became the property of his daughter, Mary. Ten years later, Mary married Angus MacIsaac, and she and the carriage moved to Antigonish. In 1934 the Halifax Herald noted that it was in "a remarkable state of preservation, with the exception of the upholstery."

Power, who had immigrated to Nova Scotia as an eight-year-old, had a summer home in the Prospect area, which may indicate a family connection with James Power of Upper Prospect, who was a member of the crew in the boat that rescued the last survivor from the Atlantic.

The carriage is called a phaeton. It survives today in the collection of Sherbrooke Village, a historic tourist attraction on the eastern shore of Nova Scotia. (Image: not the Sherbrooke Phaeton.)
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