Pictou's Ship Hector marks 250 years of Canadian Scottish heritage while under repair | Provincial |
The Ship Hector will be back on the water by 2023 to mark the 250th anniversary of its namesake’s arrival in Pictou, carrying nearly 200 salt-soaked highlanders with little but high hopes for a new start.
If all goes to plan, the tall ship will be sailing up and down Pictou harbour. But even if motorizing the vessel takes longer, the Ship Hector Society is confident the storied wooden ship will be solid, well-caulked, water-tight, freshly-painted, and floating at the dock on the Pictou waterfront in time for the anniversary.
“The Ship Hector is our Mayflower, and Pictou was the entry point for Scottish immigration to Nova Scotia. The contributions of these passengers and those who followed have shaped Nova Scotia and had considerable influence in Canadian history,” said society president Laurie MacDonald.
The renewal campaign to restore the ship, motorize it and enhance the Hector Heritage Quay properties, including the three-storey interpretive centre, is expected to run between $3.4 and $3.9 million.
“We want the ship motorized because it will bring in revenue through two-hour harbour sails, corporate events, wedding parties, and any number of opportunities. We need that revenue to offset our costs,” said MacDonald.
A Pictou native who grew up near the town’s shipyards and returned home in retirement, MacDonald was on-site in early June fo....