I don't envy people with dangerous jobs. I don't even know how they can do the things they do. But, without them, a lot of wonderful buildings, bridges, etc. would not be done. Here are some pictures of men who helped build the Centennial Bridge in Douglastown/Miramichi in 1966-1967. It took a special breed of men, some even lost their lives in this construction.
The final results, The Centennial Bridge. Hats off to the courageous men who build it!!
Now for some more hair raising dangerous antics, go to
This was Castle Street, Newcastle. The street is now called Newcastle Blvd. and the town is now called Miramichi. Right behind these buildings on the left was the Miramichi River, and it sure did over flow on this particular day!!
A tow truck trying to haul a car out of a garage.
This was Vic Chenier's Cadillac---don't imagine it was any good after this flood!!
I threw in a fire for good measure, I just liked the old gas tank. The family of Irvings owns pretty well everything in New Brunswick. The three original brothers got the nicknames of Oily, Greasy, and Gassy.
Here a 1/2 ton did not fare well in the 1970 flood at the Irving wharf in Newcastle/Miramichi.
I started to do some research about people who lived in my hometown, Miramichi, NB, Canada and came across some pretty interesting people. Among the notables is Francis Peabody, originally from Massachusetts.
Last year, I was on a World Photo Walk with a crew from the city and I took some pictures of the statute Chatham/Miramichi had made of Francis Peabody sitting on a park bench in Waterford Park.
Here is a brief history of Francis Peabody who later became known as the Father of Chatham.
Francis Peabody is best known as “the founder of Chatham.”
He was born in Boxford, Massachusetts, in 1760. Thirty years later
he had a trading business centered in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In
1799, he visited the Miramichi on one of his trading journeys. He
liked the area so well that he moved here in the next year.
At that time, the Miramichi had no important villages or
towns. The only way to travel was by water. Newcastle had started
to grow on the north side of the river. But Chatham was just
wooded land. There were no schools, bridges, or churches.
In 1801, Peabody bought a large piece of land near the edge
of the Miramichi. In later years, this was to become downtown
Chatham. Peabody built a small home on the waterfront. On his
land was a large tree. He used to tie his trading boat to this tree
and trade from the boat.
Before long he became the most important businessman in
a quickly growing town. In 1838, he built a large new home. It
was built near the present-day N. B. Telephone Building in
downtown Chatham. Peabody used part of his home as a store.
This building is no longer standing.
Peabody named his new village “Chatham” He did this in
honor of William Pitt, the Earl of Chatham. Pitt was an important
person in the English government at the time.
In the 1820’s and 1830’s, Peabody’s business continued to
grow. He built a shipyard at England’s Hollow in the east end
of Chatham. He also had a sawmill built upriver near Blackville,
When he died in 1841, Peabody was the best known
businessman on the river. He was a fair and just person. This
made him very well-liked. Peabody had shown the kind of
leadership that caused other businessmen to follow in his
footsteps to Chatham. Chatham quickly grew into New Brunswick’s
largest town. Francis Peabody was truly one of the Miramichi’s
I also came across a picture I took of a statute of a clown that was in a graveyard in Pictou, Nova Scotia. David Gunning from Pictou wrote a song about this clown called Twitter's Song. This man was a clown in carnivals and toured the world. He was a beloved man and the people of Pictou erected this two foot clown statute on his grave.
Keep in mind, he was given this nickname of Twitter long before the world of twitter we have now.
As I saw a telescope in the prompt for this week, I came across this photo of a soldier with an odd telescope at shorpy.com. I don't believe I have ever seen anything like it. Does anyone have any idea if there were many of those telescopes around or did it just pertain to Germany. This photo was found in Germany in 1972.
Then I went looking among my pictures to see if I had any cliffs as the men in the prompt are on a cliff. I took this picture of a cliff in the north eastern tip of Prince Edward Island, just 3-4 hour drive from home. My eldest son, David, and I were having a day trip. Now, I see a man's face in this cliff, the grass on top as the tuft of hair, the long forehead and heavy set eyebrow, down to his nose and mouth. Maybe, it is just my imagination.....
Here is another picture I took at the same time. Prince Edward Island is home to the famed "Anne of Green Cables". As you can see, they have red soil over there.
I came across this story on the Facebook site, Our Miramichi Heritage Photos. It is a gathering of many people, the outcome was not so grand....the circus left town on a train bound for a derailment between Newcastle to Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.
It was July of 1930, and the
5-ring Al G. Barnes Circus was touring eastern Canada. They had finished their
Newcastle performance and had loaded the gear back onto the circus train. That
was early in the morning of Sunday, July 20th, and their next performance was
to be in Charlottetown. After Charlottetown, they were to stop in Moncton and
then continue with stops in Nova Scotia.
It was 4:25 AM before the train pulled out. There was a locomotive and tender
followed by ten cars for the animals. These were followed by eleven flat cars
and gondolas and eight passenger cars. Finally there was the caboose. Newspaper
reports indicated that there were over 700 people on the train. This seems
unlikely, but the number was certainly large.
The departure from Newcastle had been delayed, and the circus employees tried
to get some sleep. It had been a warm day and the passenger cars were
sweltering, so several of the crew decided to sleep on the flat cars and
The train was passing through Canaan Station about fourteen miles northwest of
Moncton when it derailed at 6:55 AM. It was indicated in early newspaper
reports that the train had hit a broken rail at 30 m.p.h., but later they said
that there had been a broken arch-bar on one of the cars. Railway cars no
longer have arch bars, which was a steel frame holding the four-wheel
assemblies together at each end of the car. It was the eighteenth car, one of
the flats or gondolas, which first left the track. Three passenger cars at the
rear end of the train and the animal cars at the head end also derailed, but
many of the others were sent off the track. Some of these remained upright, but
a good number of others were totally destroyed.
A relief train was sent out from Moncton and many citizens also attended the
scene. The injured were taken to the hospital and the dead were removed from
the wreckage. Four or five people had died and another seventeen or eighteen
were injured. Those who had been sleeping on the open cars had been in special
The list of dead was reported differently in the newspapers. One reported the
dead to be Los Angeles prop men Albert Johnson and Frank Finnegan, a waiter
named James McFarland believed to be from Toronto, James A. Stephenson of
Fredericton, and an unidentified hobo; five in total. Another mentioned
Johnson, Finnegan and McFarland (believed to be from Montreal) as circus
employees, plus a James Arthur Stephens possibly of Fredericton; four only.
Stephens or Stephenson may therefore have been the hobo, and it seems that the
count of four dead is correct.
The families of Albert Johnston and James McFarland could not be located, and
they were buried in the Elmwood Cemetery in Moncton on July 24, 1930, Rev. S.J.
MacArthur officiating. There was a large funeral procession from the Tuttle
Brothers Funeral Chapel with the mayor and other dignitaries in attendance.
The damaged circus equipment was taken to the Fair Grounds in Moncton for
sorting and repairs, where possible. The Charlottetown show was cancelled, but
a show was put on in Moncton and the circus then proceeded to Nova Scotia. ·
The following are three pictures depicting the aftermath of the accident:
To keep on track and see more crowds (for various reasons) go to
I found a few portraits on the walls in some of these pictures I found in "Our Miramichi Heritage Photos" of the Old Manse Library. It is the boyhood home of Max Aitken who became Lord Beaverbrook. He was raised here in Newcastle, New Brunswick, Canada. His father was a Presbyterian minister, thus, the name Old Manse. This grand home was turned into a library.
We are now called the city of Miramichi after the salmon rich river, Miramichi River. I remember going to this library quite a lot when I was a little girl. We lived in a little bungalow, so I thought
it was just grand to be able to go up and down stairs. It is here that I
got my love of books. I can also remember the distinct smell of
furniture polish. Funny how pictures can take you right back.....
Well, that was my walk down memory lane, you can take a walk down many memory lanes by going to www.sepiasaturday.blogspot.com Have a great week fellow sepians!! Rosie.