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title The icy passage
creator Baglole, Harry ; Sleigh, B.W.A.
subject Island Magazine
subject Prince Edward Island Museum
description The Northumberland Strait has been a curse and a blessing to Islanders: it has helped us to define ourselves, both geographically and culturally, enhancing our feelings of identification and place; yet, at the same time, from the earliest settlement until the beginning of the present century, the mass of floating ice jamming the Strait for almost five months of each winter has virtually cut us off from the Mainland, inducing in Islanders a sense of claustrophobia, a feeling of being isolated from the rest of the world. For generations a tenuous link was maintained by small ice boats, crossing at more or less regular intervals between Cape Traverse and Cape Tormentine. These tough little crafts, and the men who braved ice, water and weather with them, are an integral part of the Island story. There is, perhaps, no more vivid or interesting first-hand account of an ice boat crossing than that contained in Pine Forests and Hacmatack Clearings, published in London in 1853, and written by B.W.A. Sleigh. The major portion of this article is devoted to a lengthy verbatim extract from the Sleigh description. But that comes later — after a brief resume of the remarkable career of the author, a man whom it would not be inappropriate to call the Malcolm Bricklin of his day. First of all, however, a look at Sleigh's attitude to the Island and its people may be of some interest.
publisher Prince Edward Island Museum
date 1976
type Document ; Article
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identifier vre:islemag-batch2-9
source 01
language en_US
rights Please note that this material is being presented for the sole purpose of research and private study. Any other use requires the permission of the copyright holder(s), and questions regarding copyright are the responsibility of the user.

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title The icy passage
creator Baglole, Harry ; Sleigh, B.W.A.
subject Island Magazine
subject Prince Edward Island Museum
description The Northumberland Strait has been a curse and a blessing to Islanders: it has helped us to define ourselves, both geographically and culturally, enhancing our feelings of identification and place; yet, at the same time, from the earliest settlement until the beginning of the present century, the mass of floating ice jamming the Strait for almost five months of each winter has virtually cut us off from the Mainland, inducing in Islanders a sense of claustrophobia, a feeling of being isolated from the rest of the world. For generations a tenuous link was maintained by small ice boats, crossing at more or less regular intervals between Cape Traverse and Cape Tormentine. These tough little crafts, and the men who braved ice, water and weather with them, are an integral part of the Island story. There is, perhaps, no more vivid or interesting first-hand account of an ice boat crossing than that contained in Pine Forests and Hacmatack Clearings, published in London in 1853, and written by B.W.A. Sleigh. The major portion of this article is devoted to a lengthy verbatim extract from the Sleigh description. But that comes later — after a brief resume of the remarkable career of the author, a man whom it would not be inappropriate to call the Malcolm Bricklin of his day. First of all, however, a look at Sleigh's attitude to the Island and its people may be of some interest.
publisher Prince Edward Island Museum
date 1976
type Document ; Article
format application/pdf
identifier vre:islemag-batch2-9
source 01
language en_US
rights Please note that this material is being presented for the sole purpose of research and private study. Any other use requires the permission of the copyright holder(s), and questions regarding copyright are the responsibility of the user.