1987.17.1383 | De Monts-Champlain Tercentenary Celebrations - The Acadie and the French Warship, Trude, in Harbour, Saint John, New Brunswick
De Monts-Champlain Tercentenary Celebrations - The Acadie and the French Warship, Trude, in Harbour, Saint John, New Brunswick
Isaac Erb & Son
24 June 1904, 20th century
Gelatine silver print mounted on card
17.8 x 22.8 cm
Gift of Dr. William Francis Ganong
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
Keys to History
The events held in New Brunswick in late June 1904 to commemorate the expedition of de Monts and Champlain took on an international flavour with the arrival of great warships from three separate nations. Representing Great Britain was the warship Ariadne, the flagship of the British Atlantic fleet. France sent the Troude, while the United States dispatched the cruisers Detroit and Topeka to represent their government and armed forces.
During the events in Saint John, tours of the ships were offered to enthusiastic members of the public. In kind, the sailors were welcomed ashore not only to participate in the ceremonies but also to mingle with the merry crowds.
On its way to "rediscovering" the mouth of the St. John River, the Acadie passes the French cruiser, Troude.
For several days during the celebrations the warships of three nations lay anchored in Saint John harbour for public viewing.
The main celebrations in Saint John took place on Friday, June 24, 1904. The festivities began early in the morning and lasted throughout the night.
The crews of the visiting naval vessels were invited to take part in the celebrations in the city.