Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Ainslie Mount Uniacke, Nova Scotia

Fair address: Annapolis Valley Regional School Board

Project: The Wreck of the Melmerby

The wreck of the Melmerby was a disastrous shipwreck that happened in 1890. 15 people lost their lives.

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

That this wreck brought a bit of fame to Melmerby Beach, and now it is a provincial park with cottages lining the beach. The cottages began to appear in the years immediately after the people gathered on the beach to participate in the rescue. Without the Melmerby, the beach might not have gained as much popularity as it did.

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

Seafaring can be a very dangerous pastime, even for the people who make a living of it, and yet it still remains a very important piece of our history, culture and economy.

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

My life is very much different to the people in this tale, it was 1890, so publicity was not as immediate as it would have been today. As well, most of their working life was probably out at sea, and now I only spend time out on the ocean for pleasure.

  • Janet & Bruce Ervin

    Well Done Ainslie!
    15/06/2019 9:14:17 AM

  • mike armstrong

    great job!
    14/06/2019 1:06:23 PM

  • Terri Bowlby-Chiasson

    Great job, Ainslie!!
    14/06/2019 6:12:16 AM

  • Carol Anderson

    Great job; I learned things I never knew before!
    14/06/2019 5:38:23 AM

  • Vicki Brown

    Great job Ainslie.
    13/06/2019 6:11:42 PM

  • Carolyn Beatty

    Well done Ainslie...
    13/06/2019 2:56:31 PM

  • candace malcolm

    what a lovely way to share your interest in, and love of, wonderful (and tragic) Melmerby Beach. Well done.
    13/06/2019 12:30:36 PM

  • Ginger

    13/06/2019 8:40:43 AM

  • Lise Charbonneau

    Wonderful job, Ainsle!!
    13/06/2019 7:46:44 AM

  • Valerie Ross

    Very interesting story; well relayed in your video. Excellent work Ainsley.
    13/06/2019 6:29:07 AM

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Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.