VIEW-5143 | Schooners, Glace Bay harbour, Cape Breton, NS, about 1914

Schooners, Glace Bay harbour, Cape Breton, NS, about 1914
Wm. Notman & Son
About 1914, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  boat (1192) , harbour (624) , Photograph (77678) , Transportation (2517)
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This photograph shows the harbour at Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. Glace Bay is located on the Atlantic seaboard, on the northeast edge of Cape Breton Island, not far from the city of Sydney. The name Glace Bay, from the French "bay of glace", or ice, was inspired by the spring ice flow in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The economy of Glace Bay and the surrounding region is based on fishing, an industry that was particularly strong in the early 20th century. Glace Bay has long been a fishing harbour and also distribution centre for fish products. At the time of this photograph, it was also a major coal-mining centre. The Dominion Coal Company opened there in 1893, attracted large numbers of workers from Europe, the Maritimes, Newfoundland and other parts of Cape Breton. During the French Regime, the coal mined at Glace Bay was sent to Louisbourg, a fortified city a short distance away.