Category Archives: Museums

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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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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Courtenay Museum

While driving up island I stopped to visit the Courtenay Museum. This was my first visit to this museum, and I now wonder why I had not ever visited it before. This is not your ordinary local museum with exhibits … Continue reading

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