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Drawing of the Bluenose II in full sail

Item is a drawing of the Bluenose II in full sail, with measurements for all of the sails. The drawing also includes notes about the measurements for the masts, boom, and other components. The drawing was prepared by Smith & Rhuland Ltd. of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

Manuscript journal, detailing an expedition along the Atlantic Coast of Nova Scotia and parts of New Brunswick situated on the Bay of Fundy, July 19, 1684 – September 14, 1684

  • MS-2-370, Oversize Folder 1
  • Item
  • July 19, 1684 – September 14, 1684

Item is a cartographic journal containing daily entries and twenty-five cartographic diagrams and topographical illustrations showing coastlines, elevations, distances (in leagues), water depths, capes, bays, rivers, inlets, islands and other geographical features.

From the accounts of the first few days, the jump off point must have been somewhere near Mahone Bay or Lunenburg, on the southern coast of Nova Scotia. Few observations are recorded during the first week; the aim seems to have been to reach an initial destination of Grand Manan Island. At this point, beginning on July 25, 1684, detailed observations are made of all islands, rocks, and other geographical objects, along with more specific information concerning water depths (given in braces), types of currents, prevailing winds, distances between landmarks (given in leagues), places of secure anchorage, danger zones, etc. Most of the observed areas are accompanied by topographical illustrations which depict not only the contours of the coastline, but also elevations from sea level.

The expedition proceeded from Grand Manan Island down into Passamaquoddy Bay (this is not named, but the St. Croix River is), then Northeast along the coast of New Brunswick to the entrance to the St. John River. At this point, the expedition encountered at least two British war vessels, equipped with cannons. An envoy from the expedition was sent to the British ships, apparently commanded by John Nelson, the nephew of the first proprietor of New Brunswick; assurances are exchanged, the envoy is returned, and the expedition again proceeds along its way. Much of this portion of the expedition was obscured by a dense and persistent thick fog which made the task of the cartographer at times impossible, as he frequently notes.

From St. John River, the expedition turned back again across the Bay of Fundy, along Long Island, down along the Western coast of Nova Scotia to Cape Sable. This destination is reached by July 31, 1684, and here some days are passed waiting out a violent storm. Another British ship is mentioned, though no contact was made. The coastline from Cape Sable all the way to Margaret's Bay is represented by numerous illustrations. The weather seems to have been more favourable, and much of the area was apparently uncharted.

This portion of the journey includes descriptions and illustrations of Cape Negro, Baye du Port Razor, Riv. des Jardins, Port Rosignol, Sable River, La Have Harbour, Mahone Bay (called here Mirligaich), Margaret's Bay, etc. The expedition continues from Margaret's Bay on to the Northeast, with observations of Cape Sambro, Riv. Chibouetou. Riv. Maganchis, Cape Thiodor, and it ends at St. Mary's River, on September 14, 1684.

Appended to the journal is a twelve page "Inventaire pour servir a l'armament et consommation du nav(igation)," in which a very detailed list of hundreds of items is presented. The two categories that receive the most attention are boat fixtures (e.g., sails, bowsprites, halyards, stays, topsails, masts, anchors, rope, riggings, etc.) and armaments (e.g., cannons, ammunitions, guns, other weapons, etc.). Surgical equipment is briefly mentioned. Extraneous observations are also included from time to time: an abundance of fish off Cape Forcheau; arborage and foliage on shore; disembarkments, during one of which one of the crew apparently attempted to desert.

Marianne (Ship)

William Robinson's general store business ledger

  • MS-4-159, SF Box 6, Folders 9-10; SF Box 49, Folder 2
  • File
  • 1862-1870
File comprises a business ledger containing miscellaneous papers, including an index, correspondence, estate papers and notes.

Robinson, William R.

William Smith

  • MS-4-182, SF Box 21, Folder 7
  • Item
  • 1871-1872

Smith, William

Augustus Lantz fonds

  • MS-4-238
  • Fonds
  • 1881-1885
Cargo book of the schooner Beth, March 22, 1881 - September 4, 1885

Lantz, Augustus

Robert Dawson and Son fonds

  • MS-4-43
  • Fonds
  • 1860-1892
Fonds contains family and business correspondence ca. 1851-1896 and deeds dating 1860-1943.

Robert Dawson and Son.

John W. Mills fonds

  • MS-2-558
  • Fonds
  • 1886 - 1896
Fonds consists of legal papers and correspondence related to John W. Mill's administration of charitable funds for the poor in Mahone Bay and surrounding areas.

Mills, John W.

Lemuel Publicover's miscellaneous business records

  • MS-2-105, SF Box 50, Folder 4
  • File
  • 1892-1896
File contains a bill of lading dated 26 November 1892, a letter written to Lemuel Publicover by Elias Sampson dated 1 January1894, a receipt issued by M.J. Bates on26 July 1896, and a receipt issued by John White and Company on 30 June 1896.

Pulbicover, Lemuel

Culp family fonds

  • MS-2-539, SF Box 44, Folders 2-15
  • Fonds
  • 1798-1902
Fonds comprises land deeds, wills and other legal documents, as well as charter agreements for the schooner Mary and a bill of sale for the Candid.

Culp Family

Daily diary of Edward D.T. Davison, Jr.

  • MS-2-109, SF Box 23, Folder 18
  • Item
  • 1902
Item is a daily diary (January-May 1902) containing Davison's notes about work meetings, travel, the weather, oxen, and various mishaps.

Davison, Edward, D.T.

Land petition for property in Chester, Nova Scotia

Item is a document from the Province of Nova Scotia granting a lot of land located in the harbour in Chester, Nova Scotia to James M. Allen of Halifax. The land was granted to Allen for fifty dollars on September 25th, 1905 by the order of the Governor-in-Council. There is a small map of the lot attached to the front of the document with a seal.

James Benjamin Westhaver fonds

  • MS-2-587, SF Box 4, Folders 1-16; SF Box 45, Folders 25-32
  • Fonds
  • 1901-1907
Fonds includes items dealing with the invention of and patenting of a hydraulic gold extractor first registered in 1887. Also involves setting up a company to use the machine and begin gold mining. The material covers a period of 1883 to 1905, and involves many individuals in the business and legal community of Halifax and the South Shore. It also includes the original patent with the specification and diagrams, other diagrams, a 31 page hand written report by Westhaver on his trip to Dawson City, Yukon in 1902 to test his separator. A very interesting collection of letters, documents, legal correspondence, governmental material, etc., etc., dealing with the starting of a company to use the gold separate and Westhaver's various difficulties with financing and control.

Westhaver, James Benjamin

Legal papers of Henry Adolphus Newman Kaulback

  • MS-2-183, SF Box 28, Folders 3-6; SF Box 31, Folder 1
  • Collection
  • 1867-1908
Collection comprises legal business correspondence, a book of legal judgment abstracts, indentures documenting Lunenburg County land sales, and papers regarding claims upon the wreck of two schooners.

Kaulback, Henry Adolphus Newman, 1830-1896

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