X11238 | The Acadie in Market Slip, Champlain Celebration, Saint John, New Brunswick
The Acadie in Market Slip, Champlain Celebration, Saint John, New Brunswick
Isaac Erb & Son
1904, 20th century
Gelatine silver print mounted on card
12.6 x 18.3 cm
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
Keys to History
For a wonderfully sunny week, June 20 to 27, 1904, the city of Saint John bubbled with excitement and joy. The entire city was decked out in colourful streamers and flags, and crowds of spectators flocked to the city centre to be part of the revelry marking the de Monts and Champlain Tercentenary.
Among the highlights of the week were a regatta in the harbour, the arrival of three international warships, New Brunswick Lieutenant Governor Jabez Bunting Snowball's (1837-1907) levee at the Court House, baseball games, the Boys' Brigade exhibition at Market Square, military and firemen's parades and the unveiling of a de Monts and Champlain commemoration tablet in the local public library. The most popular event, however, was the arrival of the Acadie in Market Slip on Friday, June 24. Cheering crowds turned out to watch members of a local rowing club, costumed as Aboriginals, accompany de Monts and his crew ashore for the string of festivities.
The Acadie was a Nova Scotia schooner refurbished for the occasion of the de Monts and Champlain Tercentenary in 1904.
Market Square, the commercial hub of Saint John, was crowded with spectators for the re-enactment of the arrival of the French explorers Pierre Du Gua, sieur de Monts (1558-1628), and Samuel de Champlain (c1567-1635).
Samuel de Champlain entered the mouth of the St. John River on June 24, 1604. The celebrations in the city took place exactly three hundred years later.
The Royal Kennebecasis Yacht Club was one of the main organizers of the celebrations.