Joe & Marcia - Road Trip to the Canadian Maritimes travel blog

Fort Point Lighthouse

King's Orange Rangers

King's Emblem on Cannon

Defense

Old Burial Ground

Simeon Perkins Home


It was cloudy as we headed to Liverpool. Our first stop was the Fort Point Lighthouse (1855). It was used not only for lighting the harbor, but for weather observation, monitoring of privateers, and for defense during WWII.

Liverpool’s history is of shipbuilding, having produced more craft than Halifax, which is significantly bigger. It was interesting to learn that privateers (unlike pirates) were licensed and regulated.

Our visit to the Rossignol Cultural Center was not to be; the guidebook was wrong about the hours of business. I had hoped to learn more about the Mi’kmaq.

Next we visited the old Burial Ground, founded 1764. Joseph Barss, Jr. and much of his family are buried there.

We had lunch at Lane’s Privateer Inn, which happens to be where Barss was born. I had haddock cakes with green chow chow, a frequent local offering (haddock is still boring) and an excellent warm spinach salad. Joe could eat only part of what was call the “hangover breakfast.” While we were there, the sky opened and it rained heavily for a time, the temperature dropping to about 66.

The Simeon Perkins House and Queens County Museum next door were next. Perkins is noted for his diary; he recorded details about his daily life as a merchant, shipowner, judge, father, and grandfather as well a current events and privateers’ prizes.

So who was Joseph Barss, Jr? He was a privateer (bought one of his ships from Simeon Perkins) who was noted for his successes against American ships in the War of 1812. He retired from privateering to a farm, which seems like a culture shock.



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