W hen Amherst had a port

The Amherst News - - COMMUNITY - Gor­don Good­win Gor­don Good­win is a Di­rec­tor of the Mu­seum and is the re­tired Pres­i­dent and CE O of the G&G Group of Com­pa­nies

Our Sym­pa­thy

The Mu­seum has sadly has lost one of its premier life time mem­bers. To the fam­ily of Michael Smith we of­fer our sin­cere sym­pa­thy at his pass­ing. Michael was a gold star donor and sup­porter of the mu­seum.

A room will be re­named in hon­our of Mr Smith.

Let’s take a look back to when Amherst had a port

Or­der in Coun­cil April 3, 1907

Depart­ment of Marine and Fish­eries.

By Procla­ma­tion dated 3rd April, 1907, in virtue of Part XII, of The Canada Ship­ping Act, chap­ter 113, Re­vised Statutes, 1906, the port of Amherst, in the prov­ince of Nova Sco­tia, was des­ig­nated as a port to which said Part XII, shall ap­ply, and the lim­its of the said port were de­clared as fol­lows :-

All the nav­i­ga­ble wa­ters of Amherst or La­planche river, and of Cum­ber­land basin, con­tigu­ous to its mouth; north of a line drawn due east and west, through a

point 300 yards north of the new govern­ment wharf at Amherst Point; south of a line drawn due east and west through the mid­dle of the mouth of the deep­est chan­nel of Mis­si­quash river, and east of mid-chan­nel of Cum­ber­land basin.

The De­tails of the Port

Amherst Har­bour or Basin, N.S.-at ex­treme NE. end of Cum­ber­land Bay in a small ar­ti­fi­cial har­bour, 6 ca­bles NE. of mouth of Amherst river buoys mark the chan­nel lead­ing to Amherst basin. Ves­sels en­ter the har­bour only on a high or ris­ing tide, and lie aground at low wa­ter. The town of Amherst lies 2 miles ESE of Amherst basin, on op­po­site side of river crossed by In­ter­na­tional Rail­way Bridge at Amherst.

Pro­vin­cial: West­ward of Amherst basin is Mis­saguash River, form­ing part of the bound­ary be­tween Nova Sco­tia and New Brunswick.

Light: At Amherst point 3 miles S’Y. of the town of Amherst on outer end of the Govern­ment wharf’, a mast shows 26 feet above high wa­ter, a white fixed light.

Wharves: There are 2 wharves in the har­bour, one 200 feet by 30 feet, and the other 150 feet by 30 feet, rail­way sid­ing on each wharf, one shed and hoist­ing en­gine. Depth of wa­ter at wharves, 25 feet at high wa­ter:

Re­pairs: There are no dock: for re­pairs.

Port Charges: Are har­bour mas­ter’s and sick mariners’ dues.

Sup­plies:-Of all sorts are ob­tain­able at Amherst in quan­tity. Com­mu­ni­calion: Post and tele­graph and a sta­tion on Hal­i­fax and Monc­ton branch of N.S. di­vi­sion of Cana­dian Na­tional Rail­ways.

Town of Amherst: On south bank of Amherst River near its mouth, con­tains ho­tel’s, churches, schools, sawmills, iron fac­to­ries, foundries, and ma­chine shops; is the cen­tre of a good farm­ing dis­trict and has an ex­ten­sive lum­ber trade. Its chief ship­ments are: farm pro­duce, lum­ber, cars, en­gines, and boil­ers. In 1921 the pop­u­la­tion was 9,998. In 1920 Amherst had 71 in­dus­trial es­tab­lish­ment’s em­ploy­ing 2,267 hands, value of prod­ucts $10,839,717.

Trade: For the fis­cal year 192122, value of im­ports $256,731; of ex­ports $80,362.

8hip­ping: Dur­ing the fis­cal year 1921-22, 1 ves­sel, reg­is­ter ton­nage 90, en­tered and cleared the port.

Lloyd’s Agcnt: Chas. H. Read, P.O. Box 412, Amherst, N.S. Note: The Mu­seum ac­tiv­i­ties:

Oct. 27, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Scary movie night. The movie is ... Poltergeist, for all ages; no cost, but free will of­fer­ing will be ap­pre­ci­ated.

Nov. 17, Roast beef din­ner at the curl­ing club with mem­bers of the Four Fa­thers at­tend­ing. Doors open and happy hour from 5 to 6 p.m., with din­ner and silent auc­tion to fol­low.

A visit to the Mu­seum will pro­vide a com­plete view­ing of all the won­der­ful his­tor­i­cal photo, dis­plays and ar­ti­facts, for a min­i­mum visit fee.

The mu­seum fall/win­ter hours are now 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tues­day through Fri­day.

To gain pub­lic ac­cess, please con­tact Natasha Richard, cu­ra­tor/man­ager at 902-667-2561.


MV Vera Roberts, taken in 1907.

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