Item 77-384-518 - The Highland Lass

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The Highland Lass

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CA BI 77-384-518

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  • ca. 1950 (Creation)

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1 photograph : b&w ; 6.5cm x 14cm

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This ferry made crossings daily in spring, summer, and fall, transporting vehicles and people from early morning until midnight. After midnight, emergency crossings could be arranged by phoning the on-call crew who were sleeping in the nearby bunkhouse.

The Highland Lass would land in Englishtown at the site of the current (2013) government wharf. It held, at most, four or five vehicles at one time, which would use an aluminum ramp covered in wood to move onto the ferry. The ferry had two wheelhouses and two rudders. Between crossings, the captain would have to move to the other wheelhouse and a pin would be inserted to render one of the rudders immobile and allow the captain to steer. Local people recall that this ferry broke down frequently, and note that it was sent to New Zealand after it was used in Englishtown.

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Item is a photograph of the Highland Lass, a ferry that ran between Englishtown and Jersey Cove in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

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    Additional information about this photograph and its contents were gathered during a storytelling event held in Englishtown's Community Hall on September 17, 2013. The event was co-hosted by Cape Breton Regional Library and the Beaton Institute Archives.

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    Item was donated to the Beaton Institute Archives by W.L. Chirgwin.

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