Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Ethan Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

Fair address: South Shore Regional School Board

Project: Privateer Alex Godfrey from Liverpool

My project is about Privateering in Liverpool, Nova Scotia. My relative who was a famous privateer whose name was Alexander Godfrey, his battles, prizes and hardship.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most interesting thing I have learned from doing this project was in the research. I thought I knew a lot about privateering but when I started to research and found that I had a relative that was a famous privateer really made me curious to find out more about him and privateering.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

My ancestor Alexander Godfrey's life was often scarred by tragedy with the death of his only child, he led a life of adventure and played a very important role in Canadian history. The Rover was built by Nova Scotians, crewed and captained by Nova Scotians and even though she was operating thousands of kilometers from home she was protecting the lives and way of life of her citizens. This bunch of adventurous Nova Scotia fishermen and the Rover were quite arguably the birth of today's Royal Canadian Navy!!

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

My life is much more different than a privateers. I have freedom to choose an education, I have sports to keep my mind and body healthy. To sum it up I have opportunities to try different things and not have the dangerous job that they had.

  • Karen Renaud

    Love the topic & family connection. Good use of technology,professional historians & historical documents,animation, & props. Lively presentation well researched. Good luck.
    07/07/2015 7:37:50 AM

  • Melissa

    Ethan, you did such a great job on your project. It was thoughtful and well put together. It's clear you did a lot work and research. Very proud of you. Melissa
    06/07/2015 6:41:04 PM

  • Tony Eisnor

    Great job Ethan. It's always a bonus when you can draw a family connection in addition to a link to an institution as important as the Royal Canadian Navy. Best of luck with your video. Your grade 5 teacher
    04/07/2015 1:34:18 PM

  • Jen

    Hi Ethan! I remember you from VBS. I went to Camp Mush and that's how I became friends with your sister! You've always been very smart and I enjoyed watching your video! Great work! :)
    04/07/2015 11:11:55 AM

  • Riley P (Young Citizen 2015)

    Spectacular video! I love the costumes and the cannon fire on the ship! Best of luck!
    03/07/2015 7:00:05 PM

  • melodie

    great job!
    03/07/2015 10:49:22 AM

  • Madelaine Y Young Citizen

    Your video was great. I liked how you interviewed the man from the museum and made use of the green screen. I learned a lot!!
    02/07/2015 7:22:45 PM

  • Debbie Wah

    Mom and Dad are so proud of your video, we know how much work you put into it..
    29/06/2015 7:12:59 PM

  • obadiah

    arr privateers ye say. good topic
    24/06/2015 2:01:39 PM

  • obadiah

    arr privateers ye say. good topic
    24/06/2015 2:00:57 PM

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