Category Archives: History

Sir Eustace Hornswoggle

Walking on Harbour Quay in Port Alberni, I came across this carving of a little known gentleman, Sir Eustace Hornswoggle. In the 1850s, Captain Hornswoggle owned a fleet of Tea Clippers. He was knighted by the monarch of the day, … Continue reading

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Meandering Monday

UP The grand staircase in the Ann Starrett Mansion Boutique Hotel, in Port Townsend, WA. The mansion was built in 1889 as a wedding gift to a new bride. Ann Starrett is portrayed in the face of the four angels … Continue reading

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Ghost Signs

Ghost Signs are signs from many years ago that had been lost, and now revealed, or that advertise business or products from years ago. They were usually painted on the side of a building. Compared to the lit, plastic signs … Continue reading

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St. Anne’s Church – Parksville BC

A wonderful reminder of the early life in the Parksville is St. Anne’s Anglican Church. This church was partially built, and was paid for by the local residents. The church was consecrated on July 26, 1894, and is now the … Continue reading

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Memories

Water Tower in Parksville There was a day when railway travel was important. The locomotive in those days was a steam engine, using coal to heat the water to create steam to operate the drive pistons. At locations along the … Continue reading

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Petroglyph

I almost missed seeing this petroglyph on my visit to Petroglyph Provincail Park. It was quite badly eroded, and just a bit off the trail. While not certain I believe that this is a drawing depicting a sea wolf. It … Continue reading

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Petroglyphs

More than a thousand years ago, the first nations people created these carvings in the rocks. The locations of the carvings were chosen carefully, and were almost always at places of power or mystery; places where the forces of nature … Continue reading

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Sheltered & Secure

For you rail fans, here is a picture of a locomotive used for logging. The engine is a 1925 Baldwin 2-8-2 tank engine. This engine had been originally owned by the Bloedel, Stewart and Welch Ltd, and had been used … Continue reading

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Steam Tractor

And then there was the marvel of new development, the steam tractor. With a ready supply of wood to burn, the steam tractor would have been a natural fit at a wood mill in early days. I can only marvel … Continue reading

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Yard Engine

Vancouver Island has a rich history in trees and lumber. Throughout the Island one can see evidence of this. Todays picture is what I believe was a yard engine used within an early mill. I look at old pieces of … Continue reading

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