#GreatBigLift a #GreatBigDeal

Darlene MacDonald had one thought on Friday morning as she watched the Ship Hector slowly be lifted out of Pictou Harbour: “Finally something positive is being done in order to improve what we have.” Friday was a #GreatBigDay in a #GreatBigWay. That’s the day the replica Ship Hector was lifted from the harbour into a...

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Ready for lift off

Work has been ongoing since about 7 a.m. today to lift the Ship Hector our of the harbour and onto the Hector Quay site to begin repairs. The ship was strapped and moved while counterweights were added to crane operated by A.W. Leil Crane and Equipment. A crowd gathered along Caladh Avenue to watch the...

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UPDATE: All’s ready for #GreatBigLift

EDITOR’S NOTE: After The Advocate went to press on Tuesday, the Ship Hector Society announced the #GreatBigLift is now planned for Friday morning… The Ship Hector will have a temporary new home as early as tomorrow. That is the day the 20-year-old wooden ship is scheduled to be lifted out of the harbour and onto...

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#GreatBigLift getting closer

The Pictou waterfront at the Hector Quay has changed its look daily since last week in preparation for the #GreatBigLift. The Hector, which was launched here on Sept. 16, 2000, is being lifted out of Pictou Harbour and placed on blocks in the quay yard to begin restoration. Darlene MacDonald, a director of the Ship...

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Ready for ‘lift’ off

Blocking is in place for the Ship Hector as part of The #GreatBigLift. Preparations are well under way to life the Ship Hector out of the water for repairs and restoration. Last week, the lower level of the Quay site was readied for for the blocking for the ship. The iron gates, wooden sides and...

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‘Great Big Lift’ planned for Ship Hector replica

Big plans are in store for the replica Ship Hector. And they all begin this spring with “the Great Big Lift” when A.W. Leil Cranes will hoist the wooden ship out of the harbour and onto land to begin a process of repairs. The goal is to have the vessel, well, ship-shape, by 2023, in...

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Highland Homecoming presents all things Scottish

Highland Homecoming will be celebrated Sunday, Sept. 15, at the Hector Heritage Quay in a big way. Various events will be held at the Quay including free admission, a blacksmith demonstration by Nathan Zastrow from the working forge that is on site, tours of the replica Ship Hector, sales in the gift shop, folk art...

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Ship Hector Society looking to make waves in Nova Scotia tourism

Rejuvenation of Hector Heritage Quay Site to increase visitor traffic The new year is full of promise for the Ship Hector Society. The Government of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia and the Town of Pictou are helping the Ship Hector Society develop an interpretive and operational plan to rejuvenate the Hector Heritage Quay site...

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Early Christmas gift for Ship Hector Society

Today’s announcement of funding for the Ship Hector Society from all three levels of government is an early Christmas gift for the Ship Hector Society. The Government of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia and the Town of Pictou are helping the Ship Hector Society develop an interpretive and operational plan to rejuvenate the Hector...

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Lights, camera, action!

PICTOU — A one-person play authored by local resident John Meir is being transformed into a film he hopes to premiere in late August at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre. Stewart Cresswell with Simple Films in River John is directing the film as a joint effort between his film company and the Ship Hector Society....

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