History of Nova Scotia
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Communications and Transportation

Chapter 64
2000 August 1-5

2000 August

Auto Dealer Websites

Known websites operated by automobile dealers in Nova Scotia
as of early August 2000

Listed alphabetically by URL

All of the above URLs were valid in early August 2000.
They have been reproduced here by Copy and Paste.
There are no typing errors in the URLs, because no typing was involved.

Yarmouth Car Dealer Gets Online

24 August 2000

A Yarmouth car dealership has jumped online to help customers finance automobile purchases. A news release issued Thursday by Motor Mart said the dealership is using Carbiz.com, a Canadian company that provides financing options. The dot-com has reduced loan approval time from two days to two minutes by connecting lending institutions with credit bureaus, the release said.
[The Halifax Chronicle-Herald, Friday, 25 August 2000]

Carbiz.com website "Automotive Finance Solutions"

2000 August

Theodore Too Becomes International Draw

Hull number 216 returning to Nova Scotia

Theodore Too is steaming back to the area of his birth. The world-famous jolly fellow, now a life-size replica, will be joining the fun at Mahone Bay's Wooden Boat Festival, August 2-6 and Lunenburg's Fishermen's Picnic and Reunion August 19th and 20th.

The famous tugboat was built down the road by Snyder's Shipyard in Dayspring, Lunenburg County, with the official launching and capping on April 19th, 2000.

The series is filmed in Halifax by Cochran Entertainment Incorporated. "There's a stunning level of skill, ingenuity and caring evident in every inch of this boat," says Mr. Cochran. "They've not only portrayed the look of the original character, but somehow his whole personality."

Series seen in 70 countries

The television series is viewed by pre-schoolers and their families in 70 countries around the world. "He has gained a reputation for being friendly, kind, courteous and safe," he adds, "and his growing popularity has resulted in many requests for personal appearances."

Theodore Too is committed to helping children and families be safe while having fun in or on the water. He's the official ambassador of the Canadian Coast Guard.

Herb Dhaliwal enthusiastic

"We are very excited about this partnering opportunity," says Herb Dhaliwal, federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, "as a way to deliver key boating safety messages to young Canadians. Theodore Tugboat ... will help the Coast Guard reach an important segment of the population. Learning about water safety from Theodore Tugboat will be fun and exciting for children."

Official ambassador, United States National Safe Boating Council

As well, he is an official ambassador of the United States National Safe
Tugboat Theodore Too
Click image for full size view
Boating Council. He launched National Safe Boating Week in Washington, D.C., and took in a week of public tours and special events in the U.S. Capital before enjoying an enthusiastic welcome to New York City. He'll help welcome Tall Ships 2000 to Halifax before steaming down the coast.

Theodore Too was Snyder's 216th hull. The most challenging part of the project was sourcing the right kind of timber. "Because of the shape of the bow and the stern," says Philip Snyder, "We needed some very large wood. We had to do a lot of looking to find wood big enough to do the job." He describes the shipyard as the last Maritime builder turning out boats of this size. And credits wooden boats as being better sea boats than their fibreglass and metal counterparts.

In September, Theodore Too will begin a nine-month cruise, stopping in many ports for special events along the eastern seaboard, travelling all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. He is scheduled to return to Nova Scotia in May of next year.

[The Lunenburg Progress-Enterprise, 19 July 2000]

2000 August 1

Cable TV Channels in Cape Breton

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Analog Cable TV Channels in Cape Breton
1 August 2000
  S G L A C E M I W H B
A&E 16 16 21 21 21 16 21 21 21 21  
ABC-B 31 31 6 6 6 2 16 16 16 16 19
ASN 7 7 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 4
ATV   [4] 8 8 5 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 2
BN 11 4                  
BRAVO 33 57                  
CBAT 3 3 11 11 11 5 11 11 11 11 3
CBC-FR [13] 2 2 8 7              
CBS-B 32 32     10 3 7 7 7 7 5
CFTM 51                    
CHCH 21   26 26 26 8 26 26 26 26 9
CHSN 62                    
CITV 14   18 18 18 11 18 18 18 18 8
CITY             32 32 32 32  
CMTV 19 56 23 23 18 23 23 23 23 20  
CNN 17 17 16 16 16   30 30 30 30  
COM 39 49                  
COMM 10 10     4   3 3 3 3  
CPAC 58 60     30   31 31 31 31  
CTVN1 44 54                  
CTV Sports 50 36                  
FAMILY 43 26                  
FOX 36 40 25 25 25 15 17   17 15  
GLOBAL [11] 6 6                  
GOLF 52                    
GUIDE 5 5                  
HGTV 46 47                  
HIST 20 45                  
HLN 40 33                  
HLS 51 43                  
LIFE 38 38                  
MUCH 22 18     29   29 29 29 29 18
MUSIC 48 55                  
NBC-B 12 12 13 13 13 6 4 9 4 4 11
NEWSW 30 30                  
OUT 49 14                  
PAR   59                  
PBS-B 9 9 20 20 20 7 20 20 20 20 13
PIX   25                  
PRIME 45 19                  
QS 49 59 27 27 27            
SHOW 37 37                  
SPACE 47 48                  
TDC 35 35 24 24 24 19 18   16 16  
TLC 34 34                  
TMN 25 22 2 2 2   2 2 2 2  
TNN 15 15     15   27 27 27 27  
TOON 26 46                  
TSN 18 20 22 22 22 12 22 22 22 22 7
VISON 58 58                 21
WEATHER 29 29     33   33 33 33 33  
WGN 25 24     34            
WSBK 23 23     31   28 28 28 28  
WTBS 24 44 17 17 17   25 25 25 25  
WTN 27 39                  
YTV 28 28 19 19 19   19 19 19 19 17
"TVtimes" July 29 to August 4, in the Cape Breton Post, 29 July 2000

The number in each cell (above) indicates the channel on which each signal is supplied. For example, the History Channel is distributed on cable channel 20 in Sydney, on channel 45 in Glace Bay, and is not available elsewhere.

A&E Arts and Entertainment
ABC-B WCVB Boston ABC (American Broadcasting Corporation)
ASN ASN (Atlantic Satellite Network)
ATV CKLT-ATV (Atlantic Television Network)
BRAVO Bravo! Channel
CBAT CBAT-CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)
CBS-B WBZ Boston CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System)
CHCH CHCH Hamilton, Ontario
CITV CITV Edmonton, Alberta
CITY CITY-TV Toronto, Ontario
CMTV Country Music Television
CNN Cable News Network, Atlanta, Georgia
COM Comedy Central
COMM Local Community Channel
CPAC Canadian Public Affairs Channel, Ottawa, Ontario
CTVN1 CTV News One
CTV Sports CTV Sportsnet
FAMILY Family Channel
FOX WUHF Rochester, New York (Fox Network)
GLOBAL CIHF Global Network
GOLF The Golf Channel
GUIDE On-screen program schedule
HGTV Home and Garden Television
HIST History Channel
HLN Headline News
HLS Headline Sports
LIFE Life Channel
MUCH Much Music Channel, Toronto, Ontario
MUSIC Music Plus
NBC-B WHDH Boston NBC (National Broadcasting Company)
NEWSW CBC Newsworld
OUT Outdoor Lfe Channel
PBS-B WGBH Boston PBS (Public Broadcasting System)
PIX Movie Pix
PRIME Prime Television Channel
SHOW Showcase Channel
SPACE Space Channel
TDC The Discovery Channel
TLC The Learning Channel
TMN The Movie Network channel #1
TNN The Nashville Network
TOON Cartoon Channel
TSN The Sports Network
VISION Vision television
WEATHER The Weather Channel
WGN WGN Satellite Channel, Chicago, Illinois
WSBK WSBK Boston, Massachusetts
WTBS WTBS Atlanta (Turner Broadcasting System)
WTN Women's Television Network
YTV Youth Television

2000 August 1

Major Montreal Newspaper Flunks Geography

Montreal Gazette banner

Montreal Gazette thinks that St. John's is in Nova Scotia

Montreal Gazette's list
On this day, on the front page above the fold, under the headline New News Empire is Born, the Montreal Gazette published a list of the larger daily newspapers included in the deal. CanWest Global Communications Corporation agreed to pay Hollinger Incorporated $3,500,000,000 in cash and stock to acquire 28 daily newspapers, including the Montreal Gazette and 12 other big-city newspapers, 136 community newspapers, and other assets. Above is a reproduction of the top half of the Gazette's list, which placed St. John's in Nova Scotia.

2000 August 2

Planning Continues for New Trail Group

Name not yet decided

SPRINGFIELD, LUNENBURG COUNTY — Another section of abandoned rail line is getting closer to becoming developed. A meeting of the group interested in developing the Pinehurst, Lunenburg County, to Bridgetown, Annapolis County and New Germany, Lunenburg County, to Caledonia, Queens County, lines was held August 2nd at the Springfield Fire Hall. Three interim committees had been set up at an earlier meeting in June, and the groups reported their progress.

A tentative memorandum of association was presented and proposed the name South Shore North-Trail System.

But that name was not finalized, as some people at the meeting suggested the name Davison Recreation Trail System, as a tribute to the old Davison Lumber Company that operated in the area.

Also suggested was the Old North Branch Rail Line Recreation Trail, using the name that was known to CN workers. Carroll Randall, recreation co-ordinator for Lunenburg County said no decisions needed to be made that evening. "We're in no hurry," he said. Corey Robar of the Central Nova ATV Club donated $100 on behalf of his group to help get the trail planning off the ground. The interim groups will continue to meet and plan. The next public update meeting is scheduled for September 27 at the Springfield Fire Hall.

[The Bridgewater Bulletin, 9 August 2000]

2000 August 2

Picton Castle to Tour the Great Lakes

Buffalo, Cleveland, Sarnia, South Haven,
Chicago, Wyandotte, and Erie

LUNENBURG — For the crew of Picton Castle, a return to their home port of Lunenburg last week offered little time to unwind. Within roughly 48 hours, the square rigger was casting off again, bound for the Great Lakes.

"It's kind of a show of the flag thing," Capt. Daniel Moreland said of the trip, which will see the vessel visiting the ports of Buffalo, New York, Cleveland, Ohio, Sarnia, Ontario, South Haven, Michigan, Chicago, Illinois, Wyandotte, Michigan and Erie, Pennsylvania, before heading back to Lunenburg to prepare for a second world voyage in November.

It has already been a busy year for the ship, which departed June 1, 2000, to join Tall Ships 2000 events at Bermuda. Since that time, the vessel has been welcoming a new group of young sail trainees roughly every week as part of the Tall Ships Millennium Challenge youth initiative. It's a schedule that's been particularly hard on the ship's regular crew.

"This ship is a great square-rigged training ship but the shorter trips are harder because there's just so much to learn," said Capt. Moreland. Still, "we knew that going in," he said, and "were a party to the decision." It was basically the choice between "40 people having an incredibly in-depth experience or 200 having a wonderful taste," said the skipper, who always favoured the latter option. And it's really not accurate to say the trainees only got a taste. "No, they got an in-depth experience too," said the captain, "but you know, the younger they are the more this is an in-depth thing because this is a greater portion of their life and their life experience. "For an older person, it wouldn't have been."

In fact, in many ways, shorter trips were probably better given the nature of this summer's schedule, said Capt. Moreland, named sail trainer of the year by the American Sail Training Association in 1999. "We did a lot of repetitious stuff in terms of the Tall Ships events," he said, "and if they were on all summer and went to five Tall Ships events they would have gotten jaded. But it basically worked out to one or one and half to two Tall Ships events per trip for the kids and that's an amazing thing."

Still, the ship's schedule was "very demanding. "The learning curve is always straight up," said the captain, "and it doesn't ever stop being straight up. So the trick then is to manage it safely and effectively and make it a decent learning experience for the kids within the context of what we're doing here, which was getting from port to port, sailing, trying to look presentable, having open houses and talking to the public a lot, which I think is a very important job as Canadian youth ambassadors. "It's not just about them, it's about them connecting with people and I think they had a very enlightening experience."

Now essentially finished with the program, the vessel is heading to the Great Lakes with as many as ten former Millennium Challenge sailors aboard. "They wanted to stay on and I needed some extra guys through the Lakes so I said sure, join us," said the captain.

Tahiti, Bora Bora, Rarotonga

She will return to Lunenburg in late September, 2000, where she will spend roughly five weeks getting ready for her second around-the-world voyage. Asked if this trip will be similar to the vessel's first circumnavigation in 1998-99, the captain said as far as the ports, yes. "We're sort of in this bad rut. ... We have to go to Tahiti every three years and then after that we have to go to Bora Bora and Rarotonga, and I just don't know what to do to break out of the old rut we're in. I'm beside myself with self-pity."

All-new crew except one

As for the rest of the trip, he said it "can't be the same. "I made that decision over the winter, some of the old crew were thinking about coming
Hilary Drummond,
boatswain's mate aboard
the tall ship Picton Castle,
cuddles the ship's beloved
feline Chibbly.
back and I decided that it has to be a new trip and that the only way to do that is with new people. So with the exception of the cat, it will be a completely new crew. And in a sense, even the ports won't be the same because it's three years later." The captain did admit the vessel's turnaround to be a bit tight. "When we do this again I think I'm going to put two years between the trips," he said.

Meanwhile, Picton Castle wasn't the only Lunenburg vessel making a quick trip home. Bluenose II skipper Orval Banfield and his crew had just three days in the port before heading off for visits at Shelburne, Yarmouth and Digby.

It's been a "particularly hectic summer because of Tall Ships," said the captain, who at one point was hosting up to four receptions a day. However, that's the nature of the job, he said. The schooner is currently scheduled to be back in port in time for the Lunenburg Fishermen's Picnic August 26-27, 2000.

[The Lunenburg Progress-Enterprise, 2 August 2000]

Picton Castle's website
Over 500 images of Picton Castle and her crew
Tall Ships NewsWire — breaking news of tall ships
A fundraising video for Windward Isles Sailing Ship Company

The Barque Picton Castle was completely overhauled and outfitted for tropical ocean voyaging as a training ship in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, during a 2 million dollar refit in 1996-97. The ship is registered in Avatiu, Rarotonga Cook Islands, headquarters for her South Pacific voyages. She is inspected by qualified surveyors and certified as a Sail Training Vessel for World Wide Service by the Cook Island Department of Transportation and Tourism. She is outfitted with the high standard of safety equipment her Certificate of Safety Equipment requires. Her stability and ballasting has been calculated and tested by inclining tests supervised by a qualified naval architect and marine engineer trained by the Webb Institute. The ship is outfitted with six water-tight bulkheads for collision and damage control and every effort has been made to equip the ship for safe ocean voyaging...

2000 August 2

Former scallop captain enjoying new career aboard Picton Castle

LUNENBURG — Murray Gurney admits it was never his dream to sail the Atlantic aboard a tall ship. The days of sail were well over when the Little Dover, Nova Scotia native started fishing at age 14 and until recently, his entire seagoing career had been spent aboard motor vessels, notably the scalloper T.K. Pierce, which he skippered for 14 years.

All that changed this spring when the Lunenburg resident was contacted by Capt. Daniel Moreland of the barque Picton Castle. "I was sitting home playing with my grandson when I got the call," Capt. Gurney recalls. "He said he wanted to meet me down at Bluenose II. At the time, I didn't really know what it was about."

It turned out Capt. Moreland needed a second mate and had heard about Capt. Gurney via Bluenose II skipper Orval Banfield, himself a former fishing captain. Capt. Banfield knew the skipper was looking for work, having lost his ship following the last round of downsizing at Deep Sea Trawlers. He also knew he had gone back to school to upgrade from a fishing master's ticket to master of vessels up to 350 tons. The meeting went well and Capt. Gurney was offered the job. He didn't hesitate. "I'd been looking for a job for the last year and nothing came up so I thought I'll give it a try," he says. "It's a different kind of experience but I'm enjoying it."

Capt. Gurney joined the square-rigger in mid-May as she prepared to take on her first group of trainees as part of the Tall Ships Millennium Challenge, a Lunenburg-based youth initiative that's given 500 Canadian young people the chance to crew Tall Ships this summer. It took about a week to acquaint himself with the vessel's sail plan and rigging and while he had no previous sailing ship experience, he says he never felt intimidated. "A ship's a ship," he says, explaining how he had captained three or four fish draggers prior to taking the helm of the Pierce and was "used to working with different kinds of gear. Besides, "we teach the kids in a week and most of them have never been to sea before," he adds.

In fact, for Capt. Gurney, the most dramatic difference between his work aboard Picton Castle as compared to other vessels has more to do with its travels. "When you're fishing you go out and back from the same port for the most part," he says. "This way you're seeing things you never saw before."

Boston, Bermuda, Norfolk, Philadelphia, New York

This spring those things have included places like Boston, Bermuda, Norfolk, Philadelphia and New York, as part of Tall Ships 2000. But there's lots more ahead. Last Thursday, the vessel departed Lunenburg for a tour of the Great Lakes with Capt. Gurney signed on as chief mate, a position previously held by fellow Lunenburger Kim Smith.

While saddened by the departure of Mr. Smith, whom he describes as a "jewel of Lunenburg," Capt. Moreland says it was inevitable. "He's got a wife and a dog and a dory shop to take care of. (But) we are going to miss him. He's been on the ship close to three years now, ... he's represented the ship ... Lunenburg and Nova Scotia extremely well and never lost his sense of humour, which is remarkable. And the kids love him and that was a very important part of being chief mate this summer." As for his new chief mate, the captain says it's "a pleasure having him aboard. "He does a lot of great things. First of all, he's a mariner. He's a steady hand, good with the kids. (And) there's no job that is too onerous. "When our young kids are sweating and thinking they're working hard he just laughs, you know, this is not hard work compared to scalloping."

Asked whether he'll stay with the ship for its second world voyage, scheduled to begin this November, Capt. Gurney smiles and shakes his head. "That's a little too long. I missed my own kids growing up, I'm not going to miss my grandson. But this is fine for now."

Picton Castle is slated to return to Lunenburg in late September.

[The Lunenburg Progress-Enterprise, 2 August 2000]

LOS ANGELES — Completing its inaugural year 1999 on the Internet and already cited for its innovative way of "using communications to benefit children," the "Tidal Passages" interactive educational Web site is moving to a new at-sea home.

It was announced at the White House Internet Summit that "Tidal Passages" has transferred its overseas operations staff to the three-masted square-rigger, the Barque Picton Castle. WinStar for Education, cited the move as an important step in expanding its "Tidal Passages'" educational curricula into a global learning venture for students around the world ...

Reached by satellite phone en route to Pukapuka in the Cook Islands, Captain Daniel Moreland, skipper of the Picton Castle, elaborated on the ship's mission. "Everything about a deep-ocean voyaging ship has to do with education, conservation and service. For example, we conduct classes in celestial navigation, small boat seamanship, sail making, watch standing and a myriad of other subjects for the crew on a daily basis. 'Education' on a tall ship means survival. What's more, you very quickly learn to conserve your every resource: food, water, fuel, knowledge and each other. It is as important on today's ocean as it was to the great Polynesian explorers in another time." "We try to carry this philosophy ashore with us.

In the Galapagos we gathered El Nino water temperature data for NOAA and the Charles Darwin Research Center. For the wonderful descendants of the Bounty mutineers on Pitcairn Island, we conducted medical clinics, repaired equipment, roofed a home, cultivated gardens and performed other chores. Starting in French Polynesia, we've been distributing educational materials about El Nino, global warming, rising ocean levels, and sustainable development. By the time we reached Australia, we had shared our lesson plans, viewgraphs, pamphlets, wall posters, and videos with thousands of children"...


Tidal Passages — interactive scientific and cultural journey aboard Picton Castle 1999

2000 August 2

Local Effort to Restore Bounty

There occurred a mutiny on the day of April 28 in the year 1789 aboard
His Majesty's ship Bounty as she sailed peacefully off volcanic islands
in the South Pacific. And thus began a fantastic series of historic events...

LUNENBURG — Lunenburg's own Bounty is the most famous tall ship not to come to Halifax and participate in this year's Parade of Sail. A group of people who view the ship's no-show as a "catastrophe" are trying to bring the famed boat back to its home.

The HMS Bounty Reunion 2000 was held July 23rd in Lunenburg and organized by Cathy Carey of Hantsport. Some of the people on hand were former crew members Jim Johnson and Hugh Boyd, and Joachim Pohnke from Germany who's looking to acquire Bounty.

Mr. Pohnke contacted the present owners two years ago and asked if it was for sale. They were told Bounty wasn't for sale, but if they made a good offer they could take it to the board of the Tall Ship Bounty Foundation, owned by the Chamber of Commerce in Fall River, Massachusetts.

"My interest in Bounty is to restore it here in Nova Scotia because I think they are the best boat-owning people in the world in my opinion," Mr. Pohnke says. "She was built here. So they have the experience. The experience is still here. The goal is bringing her to the South Seas."

Mrs. Carey, whose husband was a crew member on Bounty when it was still seaworthy, organized the HMS Bounty reunion and is also part of the extended Bounty family, who have an interest in the preservation of the ship. "I've heard nothing but Bounty, Bounty, Bounty since I've been associated with him (her husband) and it grows on you," she says.

Bounty's extended family includes about fifty people. "They have been a driving force in the efforts to help resuscitate Bounty and to get it back here," Mr. Johnson says. In 1997, Mr. Johnston took a one-month cruise on Bounty to Fall River to restore his faith in sailing ships and what he saw was a ship with problems. "Of course she was ravaged by the years like we all are," he says. "I tried to talk to a number of people who were trying to get the ship back. In the meantime I heard about Cathy's efforts and here we are today."

The ship is currently leaking pretty badly with four pumps working full time pumping about 2000 litres of water an hour.

Bounty's people Shown are three of the people who want to bring Bounty back to Lunenburg County. From the left: Joachim Pohnke is the man trying to buy the ship, Jim Johnston, who was a crew member on the ship, and Hugh Boyd who was Bounty's captain for 16 years. They are in the same building where Bounty was built.

Mr. Johnson explains no steps have been taken recently to regain ownership of Bounty, but forming a group like this is a major accomplishment. "We're a group of people who have a common interest in trying to get the ship and restore it. If nothing else it has brought together a group with a common purpose," he says.

"Especially our friend here," he says while pointing to Mr. Pohnke, "who seems to be maybe the catalyst that might make this thing come together."

He adds placing Bounty at the "forefront" of people's consciousness and the importance it has to Lunenburg is crucial.

"This would be the logical place for it to be even though Bluenose is here," he says. "These are two very important symbols of Lunenburg." "If you raise the level of awareness of the importance of these symbols to this culture, we are people of the sea."

Mr. Johnson referred to Bounty not being in Nova Scotia for Tall Ships 2000 as a "catastrophe." "If you watch the ads leading up to the Tall Ships the marque ship in the ad was Bounty," he says.

Mrs. Carey explained, "They didn't show a whole flotilla of ships arriving, they showed one ship," she says. "They didn't choose Bluenose, they chose Bounty."

Mr. Johnson says this could have all been avoided. "Had she been given a little bit of care or more she'd be here," he says. "She'd be visiting with Rose."

[The Lunenburg Progress-Enterprise, 2 August 2000]


Society for the Preservation of H.M.S. Bounty

A recent addition to the Fall River waterfront is the H.M.S. Bounty of "Mutiny on the Bounty" fame. In addition to this feature film, she has been featured in many films and television shows, including "Treasure Island," "Yellowbeard," and "Miami Vice." The Bounty is one of the last wooden sailing ships still actively cruising the world's oceans. She was a donation to the Fall River Chamber of Commerce Foundation from Turner Broadcasting...
Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc., Fall River, Massachusetts

Bristol County and southeastern Massachusetts

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