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Wollastonite

I had no idea what Wollastonite was before I stopped here to take a picture of the inuksuk wearing sunglasses, and then did a bit of snooping about on Google. Named after the English chemist and mineralogist William Hyde Wollaston, … Continue reading

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A stream of ick?

Through the month of June and into July, yellow swirls of "stuff" can be seen on the surface of the water – It’s not pollution or oil or some sort of chemical foamy stuff, it’s merely pollen – the same … Continue reading

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W.N.Twolan

Built in 1962 by Geo. T. Davie & Sons Ltd (little Davie) in Lauzon, now Lévis, QC, the W.N. Towlan was designed for service in the port of Churchill, MB for the National Harbours Board. It was a twin screw … Continue reading

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Drews Head Lighthouse

In 1874 the The New Brunswick parliament appropriated funds for a lighthouse at Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, to guide vessels into Beaver Harbour, which was frequently resorted to as a harbour of refuge. A site at Lighthouse Point on Drews … Continue reading

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The Walter Gray

The small deck ferry Joshua Slocum was built in Halifax in 1973 by Halifax Metal Workers for the Minister of Highways. It  entered service on the short run between East Ferry, and Tiverton, Digby, County. Fitted with twin steerable props … Continue reading

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Willson Carbide Mill

The Willson Carbide Mill is directly associated with the Ottawa Carbide Company, which built its plant on Victoria Island between 1899 and 1900. The building is associated with Thomas Leopold Willson, the inventor of the process to produce calcium carbide … Continue reading

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Gargoyles

  Architects often used gargoyles on buildings to divide the flow of rainwater off the roof to minimize the potential damage from a rainstorm. A trough is cut in the back of the gargoyle and rainwater typically exits through the … Continue reading

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Amherst Island ferry

The 15 minute ferry trip to Amherst Island is a nice way to cool off on a hot summer day, which is exactly what I did while heading to Toronto from Kingston. The ferry runs from Millhaven, 22 km west … Continue reading

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Toe the line

The most likely origin of “toe the line” dates back to the the late 17th or early 18th century when barefooted sailors stood to attention for inspection on wooden decked ships of the Royal Navy. The sailors lined up on … Continue reading

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Upper Canada Village – Asselstine’s Woollen Factory

By the 1840s woollen mills and factories had made their appearance in Upper Canada. These mills were able to clean and card wool, spin it into yarn, and weave and fold cloth. Like most other mills, they were water-powered. The … Continue reading

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