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Street Well on a Shelburne Lane

Not trivial by any means. The thinking that ‘we are what we eat’ extends to how we live, in many ways, premonitions of how we come to live, how we live now and ultimately, how our children’s children will live in the future.

Rail fan: The railway extended along the South Shore to Yarmouth serving communities all along the way bringing animal feed, food and so much more. Transporting passengers was often part of the service. Did you know that prior to being taken over by Canadian National railways the line was known as ‘Halifax and South Western Railway’?

Nova Scotia has a rich (really …not so ‘rich’ Railway History). In my minds eye I can still see and feel the overwhelming impact of a big steam engine pulling into Caledonia in North Queens County. In reading about the evolution and De-evolution of Nova Scotia’s Railways there are elements of our history that I was simply unaware of and wish I’d somehow learned as part of my education. Learn more here or search The Railways of Nova Scotia archive database here. The old Shelburne Station is pictured below and the tracks were removed long ago as well.

Long before U2 rose to fame and glory there was another U. To be precise U-889 was a newly minted German U-Boat that surrendered at Shelburne in May 1945.

Gunter Lutzman was the wireless operator on the submarine. In 1952 he and his family immigrated to Canada and settled in the Orillia, Ontario area.

Babe Ruth of baseball fame visited Shelburne. During his visit he held met with Sheriff Mulhall, president of Liverpool Athletic Association. In Shelburne he met with Byron Nesbet, Captain of the Shelburne ball squad.

It’s generally accepted or at the least, speculated, that President Franklin D. Roosevelt met with Prime Minister Winston Churchill while on board the presidential yacht


‘Potomac’ while in Shelburne Harbour and or Yarmouth Harbour or perhaps while sailing from one location to the other.

The President visited Shag Harbor on his vacation yacht ‘Seanna’ on July 18.

The Honorable Robert Irwin of Shelburne served as Speaker of the House of Assembly and in 1937 he was appointed to serve as Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.

Lobster Prices on February 27, 1936. Weather conditions dictated the catch. Price is now 40 cents per pound.

On Sunday April 15, 1923 the rules of the road changed. Driving on the LEFT was discontinued and driving on the RIGHT began. The Motor Vehicle Act slogan became; ‘Keep to the Right.’

The Shelburne Coast Guard featured in its June 21, 1928 edition the story of boats being shipped by rail. 15 train carloads of boats in fact. Perhaps the largest shipment of the times; the shipment included 6 powerboats from 30’ to 45’ overall, 12 sailboats, 30’ to 35’ and 5 tenders and 1 power dory. The shipment was destined to reach new homes in Montreal, North Sydney and Toronto. It was expressed in so many words that these are the rewards of a long and memorable ship building tradition in Shelburne and Shelburne County.

The Canadia

What a difference 4 minutes make. The Bluenose is a renowned Nova Scotia built Schooner. Did you know about The Canadia? Built in Shelburne at the Joseph McGill Shipyards, The Canadia was built as a fishing Schooner much like its Lunenburg cousin. They even raced and the Shelburne built vessel was 4 minutes too slow to get in the fast lane of history. Notable is that Joseph McGill was a one time owner of George Gracie property, now popularly known as The Cooper’s Inn B&B.

Scales tipped at 864 pounds when Alfred Kenney landed a World record tuna fish in 1938. The August 24,1939 issue of the Shelburne Coast Guard reported a 843 Pound Tuna Landed by a Mrs. Walker of Glosenberg, Connecticut. Freeman Atwood was her guide. At the time it was the largest tuna ever brought to land by a woman. Because it wasn’t caught under the ‘regulations’ it wasn’t included in official records.

Shelburne was something of a Tuna Fish capital in the past with notable fisher, American Western Novelist Zane Grey among the visitors. Pictured above is Zane Grey with his 1st World Record Catch in Liverpool.

The telephone # for J Chandley Smith was ‘28’. This information comes from the 1938 Western Nova Scotia Telephone Directory. At that time the property, now known as The Cooper’s Inn property was owned by Mr Smith. J Chandley Smith was a cooper or barrel maker and the name for the Inn is thus linked to his name and historic connection to the industry.

You've got an Electric Powered Car and you want to know if it's feasible to tour the Maritimes. It looks quite promising. The range of vehicles can quite easily be accommodated within the whole of the Maritimes. The charging network continues to expand. One local 'outlet' is only a 4 minute walk from The Cooper's Inn here on Shelburne's Dock Street.

Shelburne Sand Dunes Schooners at Shelburne Wharf Shelburne County Beach

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