MikeOnline - Boldly Go https://mikeonline.ca/ en Robert Foulis https://mikeonline.ca/poi_Robert_Foulis <span>Robert Foulis</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span>Wed, 03/11/2020 - 09:09</span> <div><article class="align-left"><div> <div class="visually-hidden">Image</div> <div> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_650x650/public/2020-03/foulis_0.jpg?itok=h-SGWPj8" width="288" height="480" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </div> </article><p class="text-align-justify">Robert Foulis was born in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glasgow" target="_blank">Glasgow, Scotland</a> and orginally worked to become a surgeon as Glasgow was, at this time, a world-renowned centre for such study.  His own poor health, however, hampered his ability to do so and he instead turned his attention toward Engineering.  He moved to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belfast" target="_blank">Belfast, Ireland</a> as a journeyman where he took up painting and met his first wife.  Tragically, she died in 1817 after giving birth to their first child.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Foulis decided at that point to move to Ohio with his baby and begin a new life.  During the voyage in 1818, his plans were interrupted as a storm forced him ashore in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nova_Scotia" target="_blank">Nova Scotia</a>.  After making his way to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halifax,_Nova_Scotia" target="_blank">Halifax</a>, friends there convinced him to stay on a while and he turned to painting portraits to make a living, and soon began teaching painting at Mrs. Burns' English and Commercial Academy.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Sometime between 1821 and 1822, Robert moved to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_John,_New_Brunswick" target="_blank">St. John, New Brunswick</a> to work as a Civil Engineer.  He met and married his second wife there with whom he had two more children.  In 1825, he opened an iron foundry which he sold ten years later.  In 1826, he was commissioned by the provincial government to survey the St. John River between <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fredericton" target="_blank">Fredericton</a> and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Falls,_New_Brunswick" target="_blank">Grand Falls</a>.  Later, he helped to establish the St. John Mechanic's Institute and in 1838, a school or arts.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">According to legend, Robert heard his daughter practicing piano, and noticed how he could hear the lower notes from a greater distance, even through fog.  This is said to have inspired him to invent a steam-powered foghorn, and a code system allowing each foghorn to emit a distinct, identifying code so sailors would know which one they were hearing.  From 1854 until 1859, he worked to get the provincial government to allow him to build one on <a href="https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Partridge_Island" target="_blank">Partridge Island</a> in St. John harbour.  He was unsuccessful.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In that year, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T._T._Vernon_Smith" target="_blank">T. T. Vernon Smith</a> obtained Foulis' plans and codes and was granted permission to build it, the first in the world.  In 1864, after Foulis petitioned the government, they recognized that he was, indeed, the inventor.  Despite that, the system was patented by Smith, an American, who gained from it financially while Robert Foulis died in 1866 in poverty.</p> </div> Wed, 11 Mar 2020 13:09:26 +0000 Mike 37360 at https://mikeonline.ca John Deagle https://mikeonline.ca/poi_John_Deagle <span>John Deagle</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span>Mon, 03/02/2020 - 21:01</span> <div><h3 class="text-align-justify">Cataract Falls, Ontario</h3> <p class="text-align-justify">John Deagle acquired a mill on the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Credit_River" target="_blank">Credit River</a>, some nine miles south of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orangeville,_Ontario" target="_blank">Orangeville, Ontario</a>.  The mill had sustained two major fires, and Deagle rebuilt it bigger and better than ever before.  It wasn't long, however, before he realized that there was a great deal of competition in the milling business that simply made it unprofitable.  By this time, he had become interested in electricity and how to generate it.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">He and his brother built a tiny generator, utilizing the water wheel from the mill and began to experiment.  Soon after, he bought a second-hand generator from Montreal for $500, and began to produce electricity commercially.  The town of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erin,_Ontario" target="_blank">Erin</a> contracted him to install electric street lights.  Alton soon followed suit, and before he knew it, Orangeville was wanting service as well.  He realized he would need to expand his plant.</p> <article><div> <div class="visually-hidden">Image</div> <div> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_650x650/public/2020-03/deagle01.jpg?itok=unDGhRrH" width="546" height="650" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </div> </article><p class="text-align-justify">He had heard about a new technology called <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single-phase_generator#Revolving_field" target="_blank">revolving-field generators</a>, and set out to make the first of its kind in Canada.  He manufactured all of the parts by hand, and even manufactured the tools he would need.  This wasn't new to him as he had also hand-made and erected all of the poles, and personally strung all of the wiring that would be required to deliver his electricity to his markets.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Orangeville presented challenges for Deagle.  There was always at least one other company competing with him.  People took advantage of the situation by not paying their bills, and switching providers after going into arrears.  The competition became rough enough that, at one point, Deagle had had lights shot out by a .22 rifle, meters burned out intentionally, and transmission wires cut.  He was eventually forced to hire someone just to patrol his lines.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">After a time, it became too much, and Deagle sold the business to someone from Toronto for $100,000 (some sources indicate only $50,000).</p> <article><div> <div class="visually-hidden">Image</div> <div> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_650x650/public/2020-03/deagle02.jpg?itok=UZpTD3l6" width="642" height="423" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </div> </article><h3 class="text-align-justify"> </h3> <h3 class="text-align-justify">The Next Challenge</h3> <p class="text-align-justify">Deagle moved to North-Western Ontario and began looking for opportunities to get back into the business of hydro-electric generation.  This put him at constant odds, not only with other private generators, but especially with the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontario_Hydro" target="_blank">Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario</a>, the origin of Hydro One.  He had almost won lucrative contracts with the towns of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schreiber,_Ontario" target="_blank">Schreiber</a> and Sioux Falls, but lost out to Ontario Hydro at the last moment.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Eventually, he made a deal with the town of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northeastern_Manitoulin_and_the_Islands" target="_blank">Little Current</a> on Manitoulin Island.  To meet the demand, Deagle employed local natives near <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_Country" target="_blank">Whitefish Falls</a> to help him build a dam and a generating station.  Once again, he built everything by hand, surveyed the route the lines would take to the island, and even engineered the submarine cables to cross the channel.</p> <article><div> <div class="visually-hidden">Image</div> <div> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_650x650/public/2020-03/deagle03.jpg?itok=7HbiV2YV" width="540" height="650" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </div> </article><p class="text-align-justify">The ten-year contract, signed in 1930, gave him the stability to also provide power for the community of Whitefish Falls, the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vale_Limited" target="_blank">INCO</a> quarry at <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_Country#Willisville" target="_blank">Willisville</a>, and a summer home of the widow of John H. Patterson, former president of National Cash Register.  Here, he established business practices for which he became known, such as providing the school and the Catholic and Anglican churches with power for free.  He would give power at half price for one year to families with new babies.  If you had twins, you got the full year free.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">He was known, not only for his hard work and eccentricity, but also for his fiery temper.  This brought him into almost constant conflict with the town of Little Current who blamed him for outages and brown-outs.  Deagle told them it was because of their antiquated delivery system, but they placed the blame on Deagle who was, in many ways, his own worst enemy.</p> <article><div> <div class="visually-hidden">Image</div> <div> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_650x650/public/2020-03/deagle04.jpg?itok=QtDxaZBS" width="625" height="426" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </div> </article><p class="text-align-justify">When the ten-year contract was over, Little Current chose to give their business to Ontario Hydro rather than renewing with Deagle.  When this happened, they were told their entire delivery grid would need to be scrapped and replaced.  Ontario Hydro then bought Deagle's line for its right-of-way.</p> <h3 class="text-align-justify">The Final Years</h3> <p class="text-align-justify">Eleven years later, by 1951, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maclean%27s" target="_blank">Maclean's Magazine</a> did an article on Deagle and his unusual business setup.  A year later, he passed away.  The dam and the powerhouse were eventually washed out by flood waters, and only the concrete frames exist today.</p> <hr /><p><em>All photos by H.W. Tetlow and appeared in the October 15, 1951 edition of Maclean's Magazine.</em></p> </div> Tue, 03 Mar 2020 02:01:00 +0000 Mike 37352 at https://mikeonline.ca HMCS Haida https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_HMCS_Haida <span>HMCS Haida</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span>Fri, 02/28/2020 - 15:15</span> <div><hr /></div> <div><p class="text-align-justify">HMCS Haida, a <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tribal-class_destroyer_(1936)" target="_blank">Tribal Class destroyer</a>, served with the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Canadian_Navy" target="_blank">Royal Canadian Navy</a> from 1943 to 1963.  During World War II, Haida destroyed more tonnage of enemy ships than any other Canadian Navy vessel.  At 337 feet in length, 36.5 feet at the beam, with a draught of 13 feet, Haida was designed to be more of a small cruiser than a standard destroyer.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">With a top speed of 36.5 knots, Haida could quickly bring her weaponry into the fight, which included six <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QF_4.7-inch_Mk_I_%E2%80%93_IV_naval_gun" target="_blank">quick-firing 4.7" guns</a>, two <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QF_4-inch_naval_gun_Mk_V" target="_blank">quick-firing 4" guns</a>, four single-mounted 2-pounder AA guns, and four 21" torpedo launchers.  Her first assignment was escorting convoys, helping British ships protect them against German cruisers and aircraft.</p> <article><div> <div class="visually-hidden">Image</div> <div> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_650x650/public/2020-02/passing_georges_island.jpg?itok=hF90TWSN" width="598" height="474" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </div> </article><p class="text-align-justify">In 1944, Haida was assigned to a task force that was assigned to sweeping the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bay_of_Biscay" target="_blank">Bay of Biscay</a> and along the French coast.  On the night of April 25, she, the cruiser <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Black_Prince_(81)" target="_blank">Black Prince</a> and three other destroyers engaged three German torpedo boats.  One was stuck and left the fight early.  Haida sunk a second, and the third was damaged and retreated.  Three nights later, those two damaged German ships made a run for it, encountering <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMCS_Athabaskan_(G07)" target="_blank">HMCS Athebaskan</a> and HMCS Haida.  Athebascan was torpedoed and sunk.  Haida ran one of the German ships aground.  83 members of Athebasca's crew were taken prisoner by the other German ship, and Haida rescued 44 others.  An additional 128 crew were lost.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">On June 8, Haida and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMCS_Huron_(G24)" target="_blank">Huron</a> were assigned to another task force which encountered a group four German destroyers.  The two Canadian ships claimed one of the German destoryers in that fight.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">On June 24, Haida and the British destroyer <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Eskimo_(F75)" target="_blank">Eskimo</a> engaged and sank <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_submarine_U-971" target="_blank">U-971</a>.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">On August 5, she joined a force that encountered a German convoy.  After the group sank two mine-sweepers and a patrol boat, they came under fire from coastal batteries and were forced to withdraw.  During the battle, Haida took a shell to one of the gun turrets, starting a fire and killing two crew.</p> <article><div> <div class="visually-hidden">Image</div> <div> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_650x650/public/2020-02/DSC_1203.jpg?itok=D4lHl_44" width="650" height="432" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </div> </article><p class="text-align-justify">Near the end of September, Haida returned to Halifax for refit where she recieved new radar.  She returned to operations in Scapa Flow in mid January, 1945 where she worked mostly as a convoy escort.  By June, Haida and two sisters returned to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halifax,_Nova_Scotia" target="_blank">Halifax</a> for another refit, making them ready for the Japanese theatre, but the war ended before the work was complete.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In 1947, with the Cold War already spinning up, HMCS Haida was brought in for modification with new electronics, and new weapons.  Her 4.7" guns were replaced by Mk XVI 4" guns.  One gun turret was replaced by two <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squid_(weapon)" target="_blank">squid anti-submarine mortars</a>, and she was equipped with a Mk 63 fire-control director.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">With the Korean war starting, Haida was refitted once again and sent from Halifax, through the Panama Canal to Japan.  Her first couple of months were largely uneventful operating as part of a carrier group, or conducting quiet patrols.  In January, 1951, however, Haida joined the "Trainbusters Club", by destroying a train north of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riw%C5%8Fn" target="_blank">Riwon</a>.  On May 26, she did it again, before returning to Halifax in July of that year.</p> <article><div> <div class="visually-hidden">Image</div> <div> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_650x650/public/2020-02/a138197.jpg?itok=vkbAp_e9" width="638" height="480" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </div> </article><p class="text-align-justify">In February, 1954, Haida arrived for her second tour in Korea despite the cease-fire as both <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Korea" target="_blank">North Korea</a> and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China" target="_blank">China</a> continued to violate the terms of the agreement.  In September she returned home.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The remainder of Haida's career involved taking part in anti-submarine exercises and patrols with <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NATO" target="_blank">NATO</a> as part of Canada's commitment.  In April, 1960, having more and more issues with her aging structure, Haida returned to Halifax drydock to fix corrosion and cracking that would continue to plague her for the next couple of years.  In April, 1963, she was placed in reserve and sent to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMCS_Protector" target="_blank">Sydney</a>.  It was announced the following year that she would be scrapped.</p> <article><div> <div class="visually-hidden">Image</div> <div> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_650x650/public/2020-02/DSC_1202.jpg?itok=93EMyetx" width="650" height="432" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </div> </article><p class="text-align-justify">Neil Bruce, having anticipated Haida's pending demise, had joined with others and formed HAIDA Inc. with the intent of acquiring the aged ship for restoration.  With a bid of $20,000, they acquired the ship and had it brought first to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorel-Tracy" target="_blank">Sorel, Quebec</a>, and then to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toronto" target="_blank">Toronto, Ontario</a> for restoration.  A tourist attraction was opened in August, 1965.  In the late 1960's, HAIDA Inc. ran into financial problems, and ownership of Haida was transferred to the Government of Ontario for $1.00.  In 1970, she was moved to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontario_Place" target="_blank">Ontario Place</a> where she remained as a tourist attraction until 2002.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In 2002, Parks Canada acquired Haida and moved her to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Weller_Dry_Docks" target="_blank">Port Weller</a> for a $5 million refit before being taken to her new, current, home in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamilton,_Ontario" target="_blank">Hamilton, Ontario</a>.</p> </div> <div><hr /></div> <section class="comments" > <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=37312&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="yObhZP4ldgJk-bEJuHYg0seUccCr4D-kzsUPUuDsThk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 28 Feb 2020 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 37312 at https://mikeonline.ca Adams Mine https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Adams_Mine <span>Adams Mine</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span>Mon, 02/03/2020 - 08:00</span> <div><hr /></div> <div><p>Opened in 1963 and closed in 1990, this iron mine stretched over 4,000 acres of land, and featured six open pits. The deepest of these pits was 600 ft. The largest pit was almost a mile in length.</p> <p>This site was also the centre of heated debate when it was suggested that Toronto send its garbage as landfill in these excavated pits. Plans for this were already being drawn up as early as 1989, before the mine had even closed.</p> <article><div> <div class="visually-hidden">Image</div> <div> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_650x650/public/2020-02/DSC_1139.jpg?itok=P108_JLm" width="597" height="397" alt="Computer terminal left behind." typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </div> </article><p>On April 2, 1991, the Minister of the Environment stated that the provincial government would not allow this to happen. In 1995, the project was formally rejected by the city of Toronto for financial and environmental reasons.</p> <p>In 1996, the mine's owner tried again through the private sector, taking advantage of the easing of restrictions by the Harris government. On June 19, 1998, the Environmental Assessment Board approved the project.</p> <p>An appeal was filed for judicial review, and was rejected in July, 1999, by the Divisional Court of Ontario, and in October, 1999, by the Court of Appeal for Ontario.</p> <p>Toronto City Council approved the project on August 3, 2000, but in the face of enormous opposition, they voted it down in October, 2000.</p> <article><div> <div class="visually-hidden">Image</div> <div> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_650x650/public/2020-02/DSC_1148.jpg?itok=MqJMJP_S" width="597" height="397" alt="Things left behind at Adams Mine." typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </div> </article><p>Reading through the history of this site, one notes the emphasis placed on the landfill controversy. I can certainly understand this, as it appears that Mike Harris, our former Premier, certainly did everything in his power to make the deal happen, benefiting his friends and co-workers if not also himself.</p> <p>But putting all of that aside, as I walked through the various rooms of the main building, especially where the men stored their gear and cleaned up to go home, you don't see a failed landfill. You see a place where many earned their living, working hard to support their families.</p> </div> <div><hr /></div> <section class="comments" > <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=37349&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="LfGiXATVFag2m2IF5o4n0cn96KXLIZ_ndMhE6ONsYb0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 03 Feb 2020 13:00:00 +0000 Mike 37349 at https://mikeonline.ca Harbour House https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Harbour_House <span>Harbour House</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span>Mon, 01/27/2020 - 08:00</span> <div><hr /></div> <div><p class="text-align-justify">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.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">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.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The house was clearly in bad shape.  In my experience, once the roof lets go, the rest falls quickly.  The scurrying sounds upstairs told me I wasn't completely alone here.</p> </div> <div><hr /></div> <section class="comments" > <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=37318&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="e_mbUsx8PxcwdByuGV7fsNseNR-EPymZU33HsoXCoOI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 27 Jan 2020 13:00:00 +0000 Mike 37318 at https://mikeonline.ca Rail Siding Plant https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Rail_Siding <span>Rail Siding Plant</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span>Mon, 01/20/2020 - 15:15</span> <div><hr /></div> <div><p class="text-align-justify">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.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">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.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">A significant amount of concrete, and clear signs of it being a popular place to hang out.  But still, no clues as to what its purpose had once been.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I did a bit of looking around online and didn't find a great deal.  One theory appears to be that this is the site of a fish rendering plant. Other  documents suggest it was a lumber mill belonging to the family of Charles Fenerty, but that appears to have actually been located on a neighboring lake.  It does, however, appear the family logged throughout this area, so it's difficult to know.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Fenerty himself was an interesting character having apparently been the original inventor of the process for creating paper from wood pulp.</p> </div> <div><hr /></div> <section class="comments" > <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=37339&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="XJ42zL1Sk5bw8tiR-vHDWp50WGfzzZA008SJRmUM2jo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 20 Jan 2020 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 37339 at https://mikeonline.ca York Redoubt - York Shore Battery https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_York_Redoubt <span>York Redoubt - York Shore Battery</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span>Tue, 01/14/2020 - 15:15</span> <div><hr /></div> <div><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>History: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Originally constructed in 1793, defenses have lined this bluff overlooking the entrance to Halifax Harbour, and have played an important role throughout the 19th and 20th centuries before finally closing in 1956.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">An observation post was constructed here, coordinating the various defensive batteries around the entire harbour. The gun battery below the bluff, also pictured here, served the role of covering the submarine net that stretched across to Fort McNab on <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McNabs_Island" target="_blank">McNab's Island</a>.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Personal Commentary: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">When I arrived at York Redoubt, I really got the "museum feel" as I walked about the well-tended grass, painted concrete, and mostly closed up buildings. Across from me as I emerged from the tunnel leading into the grounds, we saw people climbing up onto the remains of the Martello Tower and generally goofing around. I was disappointed when I found that the observation post included underground rooms yet was sealed off to any access.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">As I was leaving, however, I noticed a sign indicating that part of the grounds were designated off-limits due to unsafe conditions. My invitation had arrived at last.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I followed the path down the hill arriving at a fence warning of dire consequences, some legal, some physical, should I proceed beyond that point. Duly noted.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The battery complex within, and the three gun emplacements beyond made the whole stop well worth it.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Update - September 20, 2019:</strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">After I had left from my last visit, I discovered on Google Earth that there were things hidden in the woods not far from the York Shore Battery.  I marked those locations for future investigation, and the day finally came.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Following the map, I navigated the trails to see what was there.  It was worth the revisit.  Take a look through the new gallery to see what I found.</p> </div> <div><hr /></div> <section class="comments" > <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=442&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="SdC5jh4uLEsIdpse3CbVTMX7nGfydvU3o78xDxa0ozI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 14 Jan 2020 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 442 at https://mikeonline.ca Windsor Caboose https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Windsor_Caboose <span>Windsor Caboose</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span>Mon, 01/06/2020 - 07:00</span> <div><hr /></div> <div><p class="text-align-justify">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.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">It was a fairly short detour, but so worthwhile.  You just don't see many of these anymore.</p> </div> <div><hr /></div> <section class="comments" > <h2>Comment</h2> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-1329" about="/comment/1329" typeof="schema:Comment" class="js-comment comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1578966600"></mark> <div class="comment-side"> <img src="/themes/likable/likable/images/avatar.png" /> <div class="comment-submitted"> <p class="comment-name"> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Ron Petit (not verified)</span></span> </p> <p class="comment-time"> Mon, 01/13/2020 - 15:13 <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2020-01-13T20:13:51+00:00" class="hidden"></span> </p> <p class="comment-permalink"> <a href="/comment/1329#comment-1329" hreflang="en">Permalink</a> </p> </div> </div> <div class="comment-text"> <div class="comment-arrow"></div> <h3 property="schema:name" datatype=""><a href="/comment/1329#comment-1329" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Salvaging the caboose</a></h3> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text"><p>Hope you can preserve that car. Can tell you value railroad history. I do also. Once those cars are too far gone, its hortifically expensive to restore them.</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=1329&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="WckqPdHOO4tx9UTc_xC2-caAi0vl6Y5loaEU_60n5rc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=37317&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="BcdqMVSALDMYfXL-cErlLoD7JPU7AXKTcskFaPoyoBM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 06 Jan 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Mike 37317 at https://mikeonline.ca Fort Chebucto https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Fort_Chebucto <span>Fort Chebucto</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span>Mon, 12/30/2019 - 07:00</span> <div><hr /></div> <div><p class="text-align-justify">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.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In actual fact, German battleships had a firing range of about 21.7 miles (almost 35 km).  With the batteries being fixed targets, they would never have lasted long against an actual attack.  The guns, once removed, were sent to Portugal.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The cement emplacements for the guns are now on private land and in fact constitute the foundation of a couple of the houses there.  There are also several searchlight shelters, and apparently the remains of a building houseing a fire-control radar.  An observation point also exists slightly further up the coast near the lighthouse that is pictured here.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">It was a little disappointing to find much of the remains of the fort were now private land.  The "No Trespassing" signs made it clear that uninvited visitors were not welcome.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I did, however, walk the road to the lighthouse and looked over the observation station, and enjoyed the view of the harbour entrance it offered.</p> </div> <div><hr /></div> <section class="comments" > <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=37314&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="U8ceXAlUaxB3_0kNBbP32T1LbGGDdpo4jrx5P2H9--Q"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 30 Dec 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Mike 37314 at https://mikeonline.ca Connaught Battery https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Connaught_Battery <span>Connaught Battery</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span>Mon, 12/23/2019 - 07:00</span> <div><hr /></div> <div><p class="text-align-justify">Built between 1912 and 1917, this battery was named after Queen Victoria's third son, and then Governor General of Canada, the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Arthur,_Duke_of_Connaught_and_Strathearn" target="_blank">Duke of Connaught</a>.  It was armed with three <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QF_4.7-inch_Mk_I_%E2%80%93_IV_naval_gun" target="_blank">4.7" quick-firing guns</a>, two of which came from <a href="http://www.fortwiki.com/Fort_Clarence" target="_blank">Fort Clarence</a>, and the third from <a href="http://www.fortwiki.com/Fort_Charlotte_(2)" target="_blank">Fort Charlotte</a>.  They fired 12, 45-pound, projectiles per minute to an effective range of 8,000 yards.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">After World War I ended, the 70-man garrison was withdrawn, and in 1931, the battery was dropped from the Halifax Harbour defense plan.  In 1932, all ammunition was removed from the magazine, and the guns were placed in surplus.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">During World War II, the battery grounds were used to operate search lights, and to house married personnel.  In 1952-53, those accomodations were removed and the battery closed permanently.</p> </div> <div><hr /></div> <div> <div>File Attachments</div> <div> <div><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://mikeonline.ca/sites/default/files/2019-12/Connaught%20Battery%20and%20the%20Defence%20of%20the%20Atlantic%20Coast%201906-1941.pdf" type="application/pdf; 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