Ten Years

On 7 February 2006, this website achieved
Ten Years of continuous operation

First uploaded to the WWW on 7 February 1996


Welcome to /www.newscotland1398.net/
Canning, Nova Scotia, Canada

Formerly GeoCities/Athens/3116/

GeoCities began life in 1995 as Beverly Hills Internet (BHI).
BHI became known as GeoCities on 15 December 1995.
During 1996, GeoCities hosting service grew about 25% per month.
Go To:   GeoCities History 1995-2000
Go To:   GeoCities Timeline 1995-2000

GeoCities was purchased by Yahoo! for $3.57 billion
in January 1999, with Yahoo! taking control on 28 May 1999.
Go To:   GeoCities by Wikipedia

Go To:   Origin of GeoCities by Denny Lancaster

This site, /Athens/3116/, was "staked out" 7 February 1996,
and the first page file was uploaded to this site
at 3:35pm AST on 8 February 1996.

At that time, GeoCities had about 28,000 homesteaders.
On 18 March 1998, GeoCities had 1,700,000 homesteaders.

As of April 1998, this website
was among the oldest 2% of GeoCities homesteads.

This site has been operated continuously, from 1996, by the same webmaster
and hosted continuously by the same company. The original 1996 URL was
In 1999, when Yahoo Incorporated bought GeoCities, it became
In July 2002, the URL was changed to

This seething, bubbling maelstrom we call the Web:
New pages are added. Old pages are moved to new URLs.
New content is added to old pages.
New sites spring up while others disappear.
— Greg Notess, Reference Librarian, Montana State University

Nova Scotia stuff

This site is always under construction.

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Military Memorials in Nova Scotia Year of the Veteran 2005


Timeline of the Seven Years War 1754-1763
 The period 2004-2013 is the 250th anniversary of the 
Seven Years War, a.k.a. the French and Indian War.
Includes important events in Nova Scotia.


blue ball Photographs of War Memorials, Historic Monuments and Plaques in Nova Scotia

Welsford-Parker monument Welsford-Parker monument, Crimean War Halifax

S.S. Atlantic 1873 memorial at Sandy Cove, Terence Bay S.S. Atlantic 1873: memorial at Sandy Cove Terence Bay

Swissair Flight 111 Memorial, Bayswater Swissair Flight 111 memorial, Bayswater

Memorial: Commonwealth Air Training Program, 1940-1945 Middleton

Captain James Cook monument Halifax

Sir Robert Laird Borden monument Sir Robert Laird Borden monument Grand Pre

Abraham Gesner monument Chipman Corner

1849 Nova Scotia Pony Express monument Victoria Beach

1747 Attack at Grand Pre monument 1747 Attack at Grand Pre monument Grand Pre

blue ball Marconi's Three Transatlantic Radio Stations in Cape Breton

blue ball Marconi Wireless Telegraph in Nova Scotia

blue ball Nova Scotia's Electronic Attic
Specializing in on-line information about Nova Scotia

blue ball Fieldwood Heritage Society Canning

blue ball Wolfville Historical Society

blue ball Nova Scotia Schools on the Internet

blue ball Nova Scotia Quotations

blue ball Nova Scotia Pony Express, 1849

blue ball A Fierce War: The Electric Telegraph Lines Between New York and Halifax
...The vexations endured by the Associated Press management in the early days (1849-1850) were aggravated by dissentions which grew up between the managers of some of the Morse telegraph lines and the press. There were also contentions between the members of the press in Boston and other places, fanned if not engendered by the jealousies of some of the Morse lines, and especially by those under the control of F.O.J. Smith. This gentleman refused to have steamers' news come over his line from Halifax, for the Associated Press, unless they dismissed Mr. Craig, then acting as their Halifax agent. This led to a rupture, by which the press of Boston became divided. The Association retained Mr. Craig, and ran a special locomotive express at an enormous expense with each steamer's news, from Portland to Boston, there being no telegraph between these two points except that owned by Smith. From Boston it came over by the Bain line to New York. The Association also, by its encouragement, caused a company to extend the Bain line from Boston to Portland, where it connected with the lines extending thence to Halifax, and which were beyond the control of Smith. The war was a very fierce one; many phamphlets appeared on both sides, including one by Mr. Craig in his defence against Smith's charges. The latter left no stone unturned. Among other efforts to thwart the Association, it is said that he endeavored to get control of one of the links on the Halifax line east of Portland. He also appealed to the Provincial Legislature of New Brunswick, and protested against the management of the Halifax line by its superintendent; but all without avail. His success in putting the newspaper press by the ears was not only less difficult, but more complete. At one time Smith refused to receive and transmit private messages handed in by merchants and others for Halifax, or to let anything come over his line from Halifax...
[ Page 140, Historical Sketch of the Electric Telegraph, by Alexander Jones, 1852, published by George E. Putnam, New York.]
(Alexander Jones was the first General Manager of the Associated Press in New York.)

blue ball Bay of Fundy, Satellite View

Image by World View Digital Imagery Ltd., Falmouth, Nova Scotia

blue ball Tides at Burntcoat Head, Hants County, Nova Scotia.
The world's highest tides occur in the Bay of Fundy, between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and the highest tides in the Bay of Fundy occur at Burntcoat Head.

Official Tide Gauge Installed at Burntcoat Head

blue ball Minas Tides — Eighth Wonder of the World one of Ed Coleman's columns

blue ball Spring Equinox dates and times of day, for a thousand years

blue ball Articles of Submission and Agreement made at Boston, 15 December 1725

blue ball Westray Scrapbook Fifty clippings about the Westray coal mine disaster

blue ball Westray Coal Mine Disaster

blue ball Index to the On-Line Transcript Westray Mine Public Inquiry hearings

blue ball Photograph of my workplace at 3 am, 10 January 1997

blue ball Historical Errors in The Dominion Institute's Great Questions series

The 1901 Transatlantic Radio Experiment, (site 1) Marconi in Newfoundland

The 1901 Transatlantic Radio Experiment, (site 2) Marconi in Newfoundland

Railway Photographs

Photographs by G. Wayne Hines, Kentville.
Laying new track in the Annapolis Valley
December 1996

The Dominion Atlantic Railway, which operated in the Annapolis Valley for nearly 100 years, was abandoned on 29 August 1994. That same day, the Windsor & Hantsport Railway, a new short line company, bought all the remaining track, and began operations. In December 1996, the W&HR built a new siding at New Minas. Here are five photographs taken during the construction of that new siding, which has a capacity of eight cars. The first train to use this siding arrived on 26 December 1996, when the daily freight westbound from Windsor Junction stopped here to run the engines around the train for the trip back to Windsor. This was the first train to operate along this section of the main line since 16 September 1993, when the Last Train From Kentville passed here eastbound. Until January 1990, there was daily passenger service along this main line, between Yarmouth and Halifax.

Photograph #1 At the east switch of the new siding, looking eastward along the main line toward Wolfville and Windsor.

Photograph #2 Construction equipment, backhoe and tamper. The main line is in the foreground.

Photograph #3 At the west switch of the new siding, looking eastward along the main line toward Wolfville and Windsor.

Photograph #4 At the east switch of the new siding, looking westward along the main line toward Kentville. The track gang has just finished work for the day. We see piles of crushed stone, ready to be spread as ballast for the siding. Some crushed stone has been spread over the switch ties. In the distance we can see the highway overpass, which carries Middle Dyke Road over the W&HR main line and the Cornwallis River. As of November 1996 - March 1997, the end of track is about 1000 feet beyond this overpass.

Photograph #5 The tamper stands on the new siding at New Minas; on the main line is the weed cutting machine rented from CP for four weeks. The weed cutter has hydraulically-powered arms that can reach as far as 30 feet on either side of the track, to cut brush and small trees with rotating cutting blades — much like a lawn mower on steroids. Crushed rock ballast has been dumped on the new track. The next step is for the workers to use track jacks to lift and level the new track; then, to complete the job, the tamper will force crushed rock under the ties to make the track permanently level. After this, the track will be finished and ready for use.

blue ball Reproduction (image) of an invoice for software, November 1983 773 kilobytes
for Commodore PET computers at the Bridgewater High School

Advertisement: Negro Man, for Nova Scotia
Negro Man, for Nova Scotia
July 1783
Enlarged view

Advertisement: Land for Sale in Nova Scotia
Land for Sale in Nova Scotia
July 1783
Enlarged view

Ivan Smith 902-582-3783
9847 Main Street, Canning, Nova Scotia B0P 1H0, Canada

Counter started 10 May 2002

First uploaded to the WWW:   1996 February 07
Latest content update:   2006 February 22