Partridge Island

The night before yesterday, we went to a gathering — an informal meeting — about the history and hopefully also restoration of Partridge Island. If you follow the link, it will open in a new tab/window — it’s very well written facts about the island there so I will just say that it was like a gateway to Canada… something like Ellis Island in NYC.

There’s no way you can get there, except by boat. There’s a breakwater, as you can see, partly, in this picture, but you can’t walk out there. Many have tried and most of them had to be picked up by helicopter with broken ankles or legs. Besides, it’s forbidden. I’ve taken numerous pictures of this island. I think just the fact that you can’t go there makes it even more intriguing, it sort of tickles the mind and I can almost understand those people who tried!

Either way … this meeting was held in a beautiful, old home on King Street East — A Tanners Home Inn — turned into a B&B. The speaker was a local historian, Harold E. Wright …a name I’ve seen so many times whilst reading about Saint John, and finally got a face to.

In this second picture, I tried to zoom in on the Celtic Cross that is erected out there, to commemorate all the Irish people that came there. The picture was shot in June this year.

Apart from all the interesting stuff we learned during this evening … it was very entertaining too … it was likewise interesting for me to get inside one of those old, brick buildings that I admire so much here in Saint John. I’ve always wondered what they might look like inside and now I have a much better idea.

For this evening, I’d brought our little Canon Powershot SX100i as I didn’t feel like bringing the big, bulky Nikon. There wasn’t any good photo opportunity, so I just let it be. Before we got there though, I took this of the bandstand in King’s Square downtown. It’s a lovely little camera, but I was once again reminded of how much I love the freedom that the DSLR gives me.

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3 thoughts on “Partridge Island”

  1. It is so interesting to see immigration islands and realize that, of course, immigrants entered through islands in the 19th century. We had learned how diseases spread but not how to stop them yet, except by isolation.

  2. Hi,
    Isn’t it intriguing when we are not allowed to go somewhere makes us want to go all the more, I think it’s in our DNA. 🙂
    It’s always great to learn about the history of a place or places, there is always a lot more to it than what we originally think. Sounds like you had a great time.

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