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St. Peter's in Richmond County, Nova Scotia — The Atlantic Provinces
 

Wallace R. MacAskill

A man of the sea, and more / Un homme de mer et encore plus

 
 
Wallace R. MacAskill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 20, 2019
1. Wallace R. MacAskill Marker
Inscription.  
English:
St. Peter's native son Wallace MacAskill (1887-1956) built an international reputation for his magical marine photography, but his fascination with the sea — and the ships and people who sailed on it — went far beyond his professional interests. “Mac” was also a dedicated yachtsman and an accomplished racing sailor, and for a time served as Commodore at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron in Halifax.

His yacht Highlander was launched in 1929 and he campaigned her vigorously on the race courses. Over the next few years he garnered virtually every award in the competitive annual Chester regattas, in many cases returning trophies to the Squadron that had long been lost to other clubs.

MacAskill kept an apartment above his studio in downtown Halifax and with his wife Elva, built a cottage named “Brigadoon” just outside the city at Ferguson's Cove. From here he had superb views of marine traffic in the approaches to Halifax Harbour. Brigadoon's expansive seaward views were a worthy complement to the home's interior, which was hung with interesting nautical bricabrac
Marker detail: WRM at the helm of the <i>Highlander</i>, and on deck with Elva image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of Nova Scotia Records and Archive Management
2. Marker detail: WRM at the helm of the Highlander, and on deck with Elva
WRM à la barre du Highlander et sur le pont en compagnie d'Elva.
and photographs, and evidence of another of his hobbies — blacksmithing. Some examples of his creative wrought iron and metal work in the Arts and Crafts style can be seen at the MacAskill House Museum in St. Peter's — the house where he grew up.

A model of the yacht Highlander is on display at the Museum. Here you can also view a collection of original photographs from his noteworthy career as a professional photographer, and other mementos of his life and livelihood.

Français:
Originaire de St. Peter's, Wallace MacAskill (1887-1956) se bâtit une réputation internationale grâce à ses photographies maritimes magiques, mais sa fascination pour la mer — et pour les navires et les gens qui les pilotent — dépasse largement ses intérêts professionnels. Mac, comme on l'appelle, est aussi un yachtman sérieux et un marin de course accompli, et il est, pendant un certain temps, le commodore du Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron à Halifax.

Son yacht, Highlander, est lancé en 1929 et il le pilotera vigoureusement dans de nombreuses courses. Pendant quelques années après son lancement, Highlander lui permet de remporter presque tous les prix décernés lors des régattes annuelles de compétition de Chester, et dans bien des cas, il rapportera au Squadron des trophées qui avaient été remportés il y a longtemps par
Marker detail: MacAskill's yacht <i>Highlander</i> image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: MacAskill's yacht Highlander
MacAskill's yacht Highlander was designed by William Roue - who also designed Bluenose - and was built by Thomas Clannon of L'Ardoise, Cape Breton. She is pictured here beating to windward (courtesy of Sherman Hines) and running downwind with spinnaker (courtesy of MacAskill House Museum).
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Le yacht de MacAskill, Highlander, conçu par William Roué - qui avait aussi conçu le Bluenose - a été construit par Thomas Clannon de L'Ardoise, au Cap-Breton. On le voit ici avec ses voiles déployées (gracieuseté de Sherman Hines) et sous le vent, mené par son spinnaker bien gonflé (gracieuseté du Musée de la maison MacAskill).
d'autres clubs.

MacAskill conserve un appartement au-dessus de son studio au centre-ville d'Halifax. Lui et son épouse Elva construiront une maison d'été appelée Brigadoon un peu à l'extérieur de la ville, à Ferguson's Cove. Cet endroit lui offre des vues magnifiques du trafic maritime à l'entrée du port d'Halifax. Les grands panoramas maritimes à l'extérieur de Brigadoon sont un complément approprié à l'intérieur de la maison où l'on retrouve un intéressant bric-à brac de photographies et d'objets maritimes, et des indices d'un autre de ses passe-temps : le travail du métal. On trouvera au Musée de la maison MacAskill à St. Peter's, la maison où il a grandi, quelques exemples de son travail créatif de forgeron, des pièces qui sont dans le style Arts and Crafts.

Un modèle du yacht Highlander est en montre au musée. Vous pourrez également y voir une collection de photographies originales prises durant sa remarquable carrière de photographe professionnel ainsi que d'autres souvenirs de sa vie et de son gagne-pain.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicSportsWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 45° 39.347′ N, 60° 52.559′ W. Marker is in St. Peter's, Nova Scotia, in Richmond County. Marker is on Grenville Street
Marker detail: Sailor, photographer, blacksmith image. Click for full size.
4. Marker detail: Sailor, photographer, blacksmith
Sailor, photographer, blacksmith: MacAskill combined his creative wrought iron work with photographic transparencies to create pieces like this fireplace screen and lamp (courtesy of Sherman Hines).
MacAskill’s yacht log, probably for Highlander, and Elva's membership card for “The Squadron” (courtesy of Sherman Hines).
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Marin, photographe, forgeron : MacAskill combinera son imagination de forgeron avec des transparents photographiques pour créer des pièces comme ce pare-étincelles et cette lampe. (Gracieuseté : Sherman Hines)
Un carnet de bord de MacAskill, probablement celui du Highlander, et la carte de membre d'Elva au Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron. (Gracieuseté Sherman Hines)
(Nova Scotia Route 4) west of Pepperell Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located in a small plaza directly in front of the St. Peter's post office. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9981 Grenville Street, St Peter's, Nova Scotia B0E 3B0, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lest We Forget (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); One Place, Four Names (approx. half a kilometer away); St, Peter’s and Its Canal (approx. half a kilometer away); St. Peter’s Canal / Le Canal Saint-Pierre (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); The French Settlement of Saint-Pierre (approx. 0.6 kilometers away).
 
Also see . . .  Welcome to the Wallace MacAskill Yacht Club. Our club is named in honour of a St. Peter's native who followed his boyhood passions beyond our shores. WR MacAsKill went on to become an internationally recognized marine photographic artist, a successful commercial photographer, and an enthusiastic and successful racing sailor. (Submitted on June 20, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Marker detail: Brigadoon image. Click for full size.
5. Marker detail: Brigadoon
Brigadoon: If a home on Halifax Harbour could be a sailor's dream, this was it (courtesy of Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management).
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Brigadoon : Une maison avec vue sur le port d'Halifax, le rêve de tout marin. (Gracieuseté : Archives et gestion des dossiers de la Nouvelle-Écosse)
Marker detail: SS <i>Queen Mary</i> image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management
6. Marker detail: SS Queen Mary
SS Queen Mary leaving Halifax Harbour, seen from the balcony at Brigadoon (courtesy of Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management).
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Le SS Queen Mary quittant le port d'Halifax, vu du balcon de Brigadoon. (Gracieuseté : Archives et gestion des dossiers de la Nouvelle-Écosse)
Wallace R. MacAskill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 20, 2019
7. Wallace R. MacAskill Marker
(St. Peter’s post office in right background)
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(Le bureau de poste de Saint-Peters en arrière-plan droit)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 20, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 20, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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