06 February 2020

BIFHSGO February Monthly Meeting

Saturday, 8 February 2020 in The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa,

At 9 am
The British Colonial America Special Interest Group  (Before BIFHSGO Education Talk)
Presented by Marianne Rasmus and Susan Davis
What's BIFHSGO's newest special interest group all about? Yankee roots?

At 9:30 am

At 10 am
Captain Power MBE, Halifax Harbour Pilot 1906-1954
Presented by Cathy Enright
Captain Nicholas Lamont “Mont” Power MBE, his family and their Irish heritage can be traced back to Michael Power (1806-1870) and a small town near Waterford Ireland, called Thomaston. Today 4th, 5th and 6th level direct descendants of Michael Power live in Canada, the majority in and about Halifax. Share with his granddaughter how Captain Power MBE spent his life navigating Halifax harbour as a harbour pilot. Experience fifty years of Canada’s history as seen through his daily captain’s logbook – over 200 pages handwritten from 1906 to 1956 – on how it all played out in Halifax, around and on the harbour. He recorded his observations about two world wars, the Explosion, Pier 21 immigration, the King’s visit and many family and political events. He was one of the pioneers of harbour safety standards that serve today’s mariners and the sea-faring public.

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