Campbell's Maritime Province Trip June/July 2018 travel blog

Right Whale model at 13 meters in length

Whale skeleton

Large whale baleen

Close view of Baleen with hair acting as one way valve

Krill that is caught in baleen and is food of whale

Cross section of wooden ship

Closer view of two hulls of wooden ship

Hand powered drill to prepare hull for pins

Model of shipyard

Dolce ready for sale in Market

Dulse nutrients

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Water flowing into Bay of Fundy at low tide from St. John...


June 23 – Tour of St. John, View of Reversing Falls and Visit to New Brunswick Museum

The bus picked us up at 9 AM and drove us to the point above the area where the Bay of Fundy and the Saint John River collide. This morning, the tide was rising and water was flowing from the Bay of Fundy toward the river which caused a lot of turbulence – not really a reversing falls that I was expecting.

We were then taken to downtown St. John and entered the New Brunswick Museum which we really enjoyed. The museum is Canada’s oldest continuing museum. We got up close and personal with baleen and ship building.

There was Kathleen-sized baleen on exhibit from a large whale, full sized replica of a 13 meter (43 feet), Right Whale suspended from the ceiling along with an actual skeleton of a huge whale.

There was a large exhibit about the assembly of large, wooden sailing ships. St. Johns was the largest shipyard in Canada. The last shipyard closed in 2000 . There was a model of the cross section of the lower half of the ship that showed that there were two layers of wood boards in the hull with a layer on the water side of a thick rib and one on the inner side of the hull. Fibrous caulk made of strands of hemp were forced into the cracks of the inner and outer boards to make the ship water tight.

Large, manually powered wood drills were used to for adding ~1 1/2 “ diameter holes in the inner hull, rib and outer hull into which ~ 15” long wooden pegs were driven. When in the sea, the wood absorbed the water and expanded to make the joints even tighter.

In order to walk to the restaurant for lunch, we had to walk through the market. The Saint John City Market is the oldest continuously operated farmer's market in Canada, with a charter dating from 1785.

As we passed through the market, I sampled a leaf of the dried sea weed called Dulse. It tasted fishy and left bits of the dark green leaf in my teeth.

After lunch, a bus took us back to the St. Johns River to watch the river water flow toward the Bay of Fundy at it low tide. The river water level was dropping several 10’s of feet and rushing for the bay.



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