News for August 08, 2017

August Events

Did you ever want to learn how to do bead work?
Or how to do Inkle loom weaving?
August brings opportunities to see our crafters at work.

Sunday, August 13th, 1pm - 4pm
Beaded jewelery with Susan Corbett

Sunday, August 20th, 1pm - 4pm
Inkle loom weaving with Valda Kemp

Join us at the centre!

Full Steam Ahead

In the days of sail, everything having to do with the running of the ship took place on the deck, so orders were shouted out, and immediately carried out.

With the coming of steam, the engine room was placed below deck away from the officers commanding the ship. The telegraph was developed so the officer of the watch could communicate with the engine room. One telegraph unit was located on the bridge and one was placed in the engine room. They were connected by a cable. When the officer wanted, say, full ahead, he moved the lever to the Full Ahead position and the pointer on the telegraph in the engine room moved to Full Ahead, telling the engineers to speed up the engine which, of course, made the ship travel faster.


Dreaming of Little Mermaids?

Do you have a small one that dreams of being the Little Mermaid?

They can cozy up in this tail for quiet time. Dawn Little is an upholsterer on most days but ventured forth on the dreamy seas to make this tail to tuck into.

Come by and take a look.
She has been called a luxury cruise ship and a floating palace, with 33 American millionaires aboard for the last voyage. The Atlantic was not a luxury cruise ship; that's another myth about the ship.

She was the latest in ship design but she was an immigrant ship, with some 800 in steerage class, looking for a better life in America. The latest book about the ship, SS Atlantic: The White Star Line's First Disaster at Sea by Greg Cochkanoff and Bob Chaulk, lists 34 passengers in "cabin" class, including 10 females and 24 males. Some of them were children.
There may have been a millionaire or two in cabin class, but not 33!

Blessing of the Boats

It was a hot sunny afternoon when people and boats assembled for the annual service of Blessing of the Boats. Fortunately a light breeze provided some relief from the heat—the weather could not have been better. About 150 people gathered on land with about 52 boats of various types out in the bay.

His Honour the Honourable Arthur LeBlanc, the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and Her Honour Mrs Patsy LeBlanc were given a tour of the Interpretation Centre by Bob Chaulk before the ceremonies. They were genuinely interested and appreciative of the efforts of the volunteers who keep this story of tragedy and heroism alive. His Honour included thanks in his public remarks and recalled his own links with the sea through two grandfathers who were seamen.

Voices were raised in song accompanied by the ensemble from the Truro Concert Band, something new which we hope added to the worship and made the music more audible across the bay. The Most Reverend Ron Cutler cited the fact that one and a half million people work as seafarers across the world and spoke of the dangers that seafarers face, whether fishers in communities such as ours or those aboard the huge tankers and cargo ships that sail the oceans. In our prayers, we remembered those who have lost their lives and their families, and prayed for the safety of all at sea and for the care and protection of the oceans themselves and all that lives in them. The boats and those on them were duly blessed by the worship leaders.

A large crowd came to the fire hall for an abundant feast of tasty sandwiches and delicious sweets. We were entertained by the music of George Caissie and John Sotirakos. All in all it was highly successful and much enjoyed community celebration thanks to the cooperation of so many people. St. Paul’s Anglican Church, which initiated this service in 1981, partners with the Society and the entire community of Terence Bay and Lower Prospect to make this event happen each year.

  • The Reverend Cheryl Rafuse for her worship leadership and the team from local churches
  • Ken Henderson, director of the Truro Concert Band and its ensemble who enjoyed their seaside gig
  • Sheila and Mike Lamplugh for their sound system and set up
  • Travis and Nathaniel Humphrey for loan of the generator, and set up and tear down of the site
  • Peggy Gilbert and the White’s Lake Legion who provided the colour party and directed traffic.
  • For arrangements and provision of food and set up at fire hall: Jean Slaunwhite, Nancy Slaunwhite, Pam Blackburn, Connie Drew and above all Alice Ryan who was there from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. that day making sure all was ready for the feast and all was cleaned up!
  • Barry Jollimore and Bob Slaunwhite who provided trucks in the morning for taking chairs to the site and someone in the crowd who responded to an appeal for a truck at the end of the service!
  • John Sotirakos and George Caissie
  • Judy Reade who lent us sailor costumes
  • The Honourable Iain Rankin, MLA, for financial support for the music.
  • Everyone who provided food and many others who helped to ensure this event was a success including our special guests and the Society’s directors.

We now have a lovely new roof to keep the rain and eventually snow out of the centre.
Much appreciated.

Thanks also to Manuel’s Eclectic of Terence Bay
for working pro bono to resolve some of our electrical problems.
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