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About curiouslakescurator

Sailed professionally for thirteen years then went ashore to become a marine museum curator.

Francis MacLachlan Part 3

The quote that follows is by Francis MacLachlan as an unedited note to go with the little schooner. A have been working with him over the the last year annotating photographs, curatorial style. He is now over 90, brimming with … Continue reading

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The Mowat Boat – So what is a curator Anyway

  So what is a Curator Anyway? First and certainly important for me is that it is one of the best jobs in the world. Now having said that there are some challenges the first being that you must have … Continue reading

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Kingston Dry Dock Restored

 

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Canadian Nautical Research Society – call for paper 2016

Call for Papers Canadian Nautical Research Society Annual Conference and General Meeting 18-20 August 2016 “Where Rivers Meet Oceans” New Westminster, British Columbia The mighty Fraser River, one of Western Canada’s major waterways, winds from the Rocky Mountains down through … Continue reading

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The Kingston Dry Dock Part 2

Part 2 – A Research Aid – The Kingston Dry Dock The Kingston Dry Dock Kingston, Ontario, Canada A National Historic Site Research by Earl Moorhead, Archivist Post War Years When CS&E amalgamated with Canada Steamship Lines in 1947 the … Continue reading

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The Kingston Dry Dock Part 1

Part 1 – A Research Aid – The Kingston Dry Dock The Kingston Dry Dock Kingston, Ontario, Canada A National Historic Site The Dry Dock was restored by the Canadian Government in 2010/2011 Research by Earl Moorhead, Archivist The Company … Continue reading

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Thomas Bingley Fuller Benson Part 1

Thomas Bingley Fuller Benson Thomas Bingley Fuller Benson. 1876 to 1941. The bare facts are there, in an obit and certainly in the Benson Collection at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes. In the collection there is a letterbook, … Continue reading

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A Sailors Life On the Lakes

Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister described himself as the worker’ friend. To retain power he had to exercise a high degree of skill to keep the support of both the business community and labour. The National Policy … Continue reading

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Part 1 – Francis MacLachlan: Student and Shipyard Days

I first met Francis MacLachlan in 1958 when he invited me to join the brigantine St. Lawrence 11 for a run from Toronto to Port Hope Ontario. I was a witness, so to speak, of an approach to leadership training … Continue reading

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Francis MacLachlan, Mike Eames and the Three Brigantines – Part 2

Francis MacLachlan and Mike Eames were engineers and naval architects. That gave them a particular point of view. They realized that in a successful design, form follows function, the number of masts, the height of the rigging, the use of … Continue reading

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