Sunday, October 20, 2019

SHIPWRECKS: A collection of old newspaper articles

Facebook has recently added the ability to add group posts to "topics" ... basically categories. This adds a whole new dimension to the value of some FB sites. Here's a booklet I created from Cathryn MacKay's old Fundy shipwreck posts.

Friday, October 18, 2019

THE FILE CABINET: The Aviation Collection

This Aviation Collection is from our file cabinets and contains working references, images and publication files. It is made available for reference and fair use purposes. 
The collection contain documents, drawings, photographs and other resources accumulated over a 50 year period, including public domain and copyright materials. Recent Creative Commons images, Wikibooks and links have been included where possible. 
This is a dynamic collection maintained for download from Microsoft OneDrive and will have new materials added as they are created or acquired.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

CALENDARS - Explore our small collection!!!

We love making our own calendars and have created this small collection featuring some of our own as well as some others that we have admired. Want to make your own? We included links to help with that!

The collection is small right now, but we will add to it over time. So bookmark us if you are interested.

Click on the following files to explore their content.



Friday, October 11, 2019

PIRATES: Captain Kidd and Campobello Island

Pirates of Passamaquody (Lubec Herald) May 23, 1907

According to the voracious History of the Dutch dynasty, one Captain Robert Kidd, buccaneer, was a man of distinction in the Dutch colony of the Bronx, where stories are still current of his generosity with other people's property. In one of his frequent voyages to the eastward of New Amsterdam, says this truthful history, his vessel, while in pursuit of a richly laden galleon, was stranded at Herring Cove, Campobello. In fact, the ancient wreck at that place, remembered by many citizens now living, partially accounts for the credence placed in the story of a great iron pot of gold buried in the sands and guarded by the spirit of a murdered accomplice.

In the recent wreck of the schooner ANNA on the end of Campobello, it has been demonstrated that lineal descendants of the pirate are still doing business at the old stand. When the vessel grounded on the Nancy Ledges at about 4 pm, April 30, the captain immediately signaled for assistance and Capt Guptill's crew from Station I, CSLSS responded at once, finding the vessel breaking up fast, and helping to secure everything of a portable nature that could be moved.

When the mizzenmast went by the board the vessel was abandoned. At low water the descendants of Captain Kidd got aboard, and stole a donkey engine weighing 800 pounds. The vessel meanwhile had been sold, the engines being a special inducement. Blocks and other movable property disappeared under the very eyes of the owners, at the hands of the young yegg-man - acts which committed elsewhere would be good for a term in the penitentiary.

From Grand Manan Old Newspaper Articles: Susian Lambert 

SHIPWRECKS: NEW ENGLAND Wrecked Off The Wolves Island - July 25, 1872

NEW ENGLAND Wrecked Off The Wolves Island - July 25, 1872

One of the finest steamers of the International Steamship Line was wrecked on the Wolves on Monday on her passage from St. John to Eastport. The following from the St. John Telegraph gives the particulars of the affair.

In reference to the disaster CAPT FIELD said that he was in the wheel house from the time the vessel left St. John until she struck. The fog was very thick and they made Lepreaux and ran pretty well by it, judging distance by the sound of the fog whistle. When clear of Point Leperaux he ran W by N for twenty two minutes when the course was changed to W 3-4N and run for forty five minutes, after which she was run W by N 1-4N.

The boat had not gone far on this course, and was running at full speed, when he saw the reef but a short distance ahead. He gave the signal to back, but the crank had not made half a revolution before she struck, forged ahead considerably on the reef and there remained fixed forward, settling away aft as she filled. She struck at ten minutes past eleven am. The passengers numbering about one hundred and twenty five or more, many of whom were women, got into the boat with little confusion and were sent ashore to the Island and the baggage soon followed. Then the officers and
crew set about saving what furniture and fixtures they could, while MR. BACON, the clerk, gathered up his papers and money and the Engineer drew the fires and blew the water out of the boilers to avoid an explosion.

While all this was going on the steam whistle was sounded constantly. A boat had also been dispatched for assistance and quite late in the afternoon met the BELLE BROWN near Eastport.

CAMPING OUT A sail was taken ashore and while some of the crew and passengers set about making a tent to accommodate the ladies, others busied themselves getting sofas, chairs, mirrors and other cabin furniture and fixtures either to the tent or some other place of safety on the shore. Even two horses were urged overboard and safely landed on the Island. Here it was feared all would have to spend the night and prospect was cheerless enough. The Captain,, himself, destroyed all the liquors in the saloon, and turkey, salmon, chicken tongue and crackers were sent ashore for those who were hungry. Water, however was scarce and some of the men had to bring it about a mile. Seldom have shipwrecked people camped on so uninviting a spot.

The eastern Wolf is one of a chain of three or more Islands which lie between Lepreaux and Grand Manan and are about four miles from one extremity to the other with ship channels between them. There is a lighthouse on the southwestern point of the chain and two families live on the Eastern Island. A passenger says: All the passengers behaved with the greatest courage and self possession, so little selfishness was manifested, so many noble traits were shown, that I shall ever have a better opinion of humanity.

CHIEF JUSTICE RITCHIE was quite prominent in his anxiety; to have the ladies saved first, and only one man was found who persisted in crowding himself into the first boatful of ladies. The officers have been zealous in their attention to the passengers – everything has been done for their comfort that could be done, and the captain was the last one to leave his post.

Towards nightfall the BELLE BROWN made her appearance and most of the passengers were safely transferred to her and those who desired it were provided with supper by the clerk, Mr. THOMPSON. Furniture, hawsers and other materials saved from the NEW ENGLAND were transferred to the BELLE BROWN and it was two o'clock this morning before she was loaded and ready to start for Eastport and St. Andrews.

From: Grand Manan Old Newspaper Articles: Susian Lambert

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Current climate change was predicted 40 years ago - The Weather Network

Actually, it was more like 60 years ago. My mentor biogeographer Dr. Edwin Hagmeier and a few other scientists were showing how this would happen and the consequences back in the late 50s early 60s. What they didn't get was the timing and the human impact.


The Weather Network - Current climate change was predicted 40 years ago:

Mario Picazo
Tuesday, October 8th 2019, 2:56 pm - If greenhouse gas emissions continue to escalate at the current rate, we could be facing a global temperature increase of 3 to 4°C, well above what 19th-century scientists predicted.

The fact that Earth's climate is changing is something we’ve known for thousands of years. In fact, the Earth's climate has always been naturally changing since the planet formed some 4.5 billion years ago. For decades now, we have also known that Earth’s climate is also changing due to human activity — with a large portion of our daily activity being behind that change.

Forty years ago, a group of renowned scientists anticipated the recent changing trend in our planet’s climate record. Using the increasing concentration values of gases such as carbon dioxide, they were able to come up with a fairly close approximation of what our climate would be like today.
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(Photo: Jule Charney, Source: MIT Museum/Wikipedia)

The report was presented on July 1979 at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts and is known as the *Charney Report* in honour of one of the scientists who led the research, Jule Charney. The first session on carbon dioxide and climate, which brought the group together, had the main

Tuesday, October 8, 2019


Some folks seem to think that the maps we have been presenting that show projected sea rise at various locations around the Bay of Fundy represent some imminent change. They don't. They are designed to show what can be expected if global warming reaches certain levels of temperature rise. 

With regards to timing, the authors say: "When do we pass the point of no return, and lock in the future sea levels shown? Maps that compare temperature increases show sea level projections that lock in IF AND WHEN enough carbon emissions add up to lock in each temperature increase. The answers depend on our carbon choices, and could easily fall within this century for any of the temperature options."

So it depends on us. If we can meet the challenges posed by global warming, sea levels may not be as severe as those shown. If we don't meet the challenge, the most certainly will!

The full explanatory text follows:

Reading Sea level timing is critical for a clear understanding of when the sea level rise shown on these maps could occur in the future. These maps are based on peer-reviewed scientific research led by Benjamin Strauss and Scott Kulp of Climate Central in collaboration with Anders Levermann of the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research, and published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Application of this research to areas outside the U.S. is detailed in the Mapping Choices report.
These notes are intended to help explain the research, the maps, and how to use them.

Sea level lock-in

Carbon pollution casts a long shadow. It is expected to persist in the atmosphere long enough to prolong temperature increases for hundreds and thousands of years, long after we stop burning fossil fuels or clearing forest. And the seas will continue to rise.
That’s what these maps are about. They do not show what sea levels will be in this century (see this map for near-term analysis). What they do show are scientific projections, taken from this paper, of the different post-2100 sea levels that could lock in this century, depending upon the carbon pathway we select. The areas colored blue are the areas below


The world’s leading climate scientists have warned there may be only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5 C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.. If so, the estimate on the right side would apply. Subscribe by email to get new posts on this subject. 

It is generally thought that tidal range may stay the same (20 - 50 feet in the Bay of Fundy), but that the cycle range will rise causing flooding to remain on land for a longer period and increasing risk of damage to coastal facilities