Most of the images I have posted of ships in the Annapolis Basin have either been sailing vessels from the turn of the twentieth century or modern fishing boats. I suppose that this is because the Annapolis Heritage Society has a terrific archival collection which documents the end of the Age of Sail and I have shot a number of photographs of our current fishing fleet. Since I have ready access to these photos so it makes sense to use them. As well, anyone who has been reading this blog for a while will know that I like to mix in wooden ships and fishing boats when I get the chance.
Today's image (taken circa 1895) is a subtle change from some of my established nautical themes. This photograph shows the City of Monticello, 478 tons, sailing past the old Queen's wharf in Annapolis Royal. Originally named the City of Norfolk, this vessel was an iron paddle steamer with a wooden superstructure built by Harlan and Hollingsworth in Delaware. The steamer measured 232 feet long with a 32 foot beam and a depth of 10.9 feet and carried four bulkheads and a vertical beam engine. In 1889, she was sold to the Bay of Fundy Steamship company who had her partially rebuilt and put her on a run between Annapolis Royal, Digby and Saint John, New Brunswick. There would have been great excitement in Annapolis Royal the first time the paddlewheeler churned through the Digby Gut and headed for town. Imagine the noise of the engines breaking up a serene morning as children hurriedly made their way to the wharf to see what was coming. In 1898, she was sold to the Yarmouth Steamship Company and was put on a run between Halifax and Saint John.
Sadly, tragedy struck the City of Monticello on November 10, 1900. The ship foundered in the Bay of Fundy four miles west of Chegoggin Point in Yarmouth County. Of the fourty people on board, only four were saved.
All for now,