Monday, 8 February 2016

Starr Manufacturing Turbine Demolished

As stated in an earlier Dartmouth History Blog post (Recent News Article Neglects Starr Manufacturing), "Starr Manufacturing, harnessing the waters of the defunct Shubenacadie Canal, produced millions of pairs of Starr skates which were the first modern skates in the world. This Dartmouth company was on the leading edge of innovation in hockey for decades and played a direct role in the creation of Canada's national winter sport. The Acme Club spring skate was invented by John Forbes who came to work for John Starr's nail factory in the 1860s."

Starr Manufacturing's key position in early hockey and skating history has been honoured as a National Historic Event (the only one in Dartmouth). Frustratingly, the Starr National Historic Event plaque is not on display. It should be prominently mounted on the Starr property (misleadingly referred to as the 'Canal Greenway' on current signage) alongside a fitting sculpture of a Starr skate.

Recently, I came across a troubling update, concerning the turbine that powered the Starr Factory, from the Shubenacadie Canal Commission (http://shubiecanal.ca/starr-era-turbine-removed-from-chamber/):
In order to allow for the restoration of masonry work and flooring in the turbine chamber the Starr era turbine has been removed. As you can see it was in poor condition and the experts determined that because there are existing examples of this type of turbine, it would not be kept. There are plans to install a replica of the original canal era turbine.
Source: Shubenacadie Canal Commission.
The  production of the Acme Spring Skate was made possible by the turbine housed below the Starr factory floor on Prince Albert Road. Unnecessarily, this impressive piece of machinery, a tangible and physical link to our past, has been broken up into pieces. It is sincerely hoped that the Starr turbine will re-appear (perhaps from a junkyard or warehouse) and be put on display for the general public. Our hockey history deserves better than to be thrown out with the trash.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

New David Jones Historic Dartmouth Walking Tours

As publicized in the June 2nd edition of the Dartmouth Tribune, David Jones, creator of the Dartmouth History Blog, will be conducting summer-time historic walking tours around Downtown Dartmouth.

If your group (school, society, club, etc.) is looking to contact David to arrange a customized, private Dartmouth walking tour (pricing/date/numbers/duration/route to be negotiated)  use e-mail (davejones_16@hotmail.com) or phone (902 441 6002).


ATTENTION: FIRST WALKING TOUR TIMES ANNOUNCED!
Saturday, June 6, 2015 @ 1pm. Meet David Jones outside of the Dartmouth Ferry Terminal Entrance for an hour and a half  walking tour of historic Downtown Dartmouth. Adults, $15.00; Youth 16 to 20, $5.00; Kids 15 and under (accompanied by paying adult), free. Cash only.
Sunday, June 7, 2015 @ 1pm. Meet David Jones outside of the Dartmouth Ferry Terminal Entrance for an hour and a half  walking tour of historic Downtown Dartmouth. Adults, $15.00; Youth 16 to 20, $5.00; Kids 15 and under (accompanied by paying adult), free. Cash only.





David Jones, Dartmouth Walking Tours and Dartmouth History Blog, with scenic Lake Banook in the background.
Photo Credit: Emma Poirier.
 
David Jones leading a historic walk in old Dartmouth. Photo Credit: Emma Poirier

David Jones' well-attended historic walk, Lake Banook, Dartmouth.