Nova Scotia

Harbour House

We drove down the bumpy dirt road specifically to see this house.  This would be a first for me.  I've explored hundreds of abandoned buildings, but never one once owned by family.  We reached the end of the road, and I saw the house, and the barn.

There had, apparently, been another house on the property that had belonged to Stephen Brown who had arrived at this community around 1859.  This house had belonged to one of his sons, Walter, who may have built it some time in the 1950's.

Rail Siding Plant

I had spotted this place in one of my frequent scans of Google Earth, looking for interesting things to check out.  There really weren't any clues from the imagery as to what it was, but I could see that there was a path leading to it.  It would all come down the the Mk I Eyeball.

We parked on the side of the street and took a quick hike down the trail to find a set of disused railway tracks.  I doubled back, following these to where my map indicated that I should turn off into the bush.  And there it was.

Windsor Caboose

After a quick bite to eat, we continued on to rail spur where a couple of rail cars stood neglected.  The caboose, while apparently in good repair, had clearly suffered some damage, and from what I've read, it is unlikely to be resume service any time soon.

It was a fairly short detour, but so worthwhile.  You just don't see many of these anymore.

Fort Chebucto

A short-lived battery, Fort Chebucto was built in 1943, and decommissioned in the 1950's.  Three 6" Mk24 guns were placed here with a range of just under 14 miles (almost 22.5 km) with the idea that, without this battery, and another at Devil's Point, a German battleship would be able to bombard the port of Halifax well out of reach of existing coastal artillery.

Point Pleasant Batteries

It was a sunny, warm day, and we drove into the parking area near the container pier beside Point Pleasant Park.  Only a few moments in, and it was clear that this was a popular place as I watched people come and go, and an almost steady stream along the path.  I got out, map in hand, and set out in search of three particular pieces of history, the Point Pleasant Battery, Fort Ogilvie, and the Cambridge Battery.

Point Pleasant Battery:

Stubbert's Point Battery

History: 

Constructed in 1939, Stubbert's Point Battery was part of the rather formidable defense network for the protection of Sydney, Nova Scotia. The battery was originally equipped with two 6-pounder Hotchkiss guns, but was later equipped with a 6-poinder duplex quick-firing gun. In addition, three search lights were constructed here to help guard the anti-submarine net that stretched across the harbour.

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