W hen Amherst had a port
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.