Two new Sailstrait spin-off series

This posting introduces two new developments related to the site. Although they may not be of interest to all readers they are, if you will, optional extras presented at no cost.

  1. Faithful readers may have noted that I have made a great deal of use of postcards to illustrate blog postings.  However my interest in postcards has moved beyond cards related to the harbour and strait and I have begun an entirely new site devoted to postings about the cards themselves and the stories they tell.  The site will focus on the early cards of Prince Edward Island, that is to say, cards before about 1920.  This was known as the “golden age” of postcards and there are hundreds of cards depicting the province for those years.  In addition to Prince Edward Island being the subject of cards a number of individuals and businesses in the province were engaged in the creation and publishing of cards. The blog postings will explore all aspects of postcard history and I welcome comments and information which can add to our collective knowledge of this area. The new site is called “Straitpost” and can be accessed by clicking on  this link: Straitpost
  2. While producing short illustrated postings about Charlottetown Harbour and Northumberland Strait (and sundry related topics) is the primary purpose of Sailstrait sometimes these topics flow from, or lead to, more detailed research. Time spent in the archives must never be wasted. These research papers expand on the subjects and provide footnotes for further exploration of the history that has particularly caught my interest but has not been previously researched.  They will form a page within Sailstrait devoted to what might be called “Occasional Papers in P.E.I. History”    As draft papers they are perhaps not ready for prime time and I welcome comments or additional information which would contribute to their improvement. The papers can be accessed by clicking on the “Detailed research documents” tab in the top of the Sailstrait menu or directly by clicking on this link” Detailed research documents

I will, of  course, be continuing to write about the many “MBIs” (miscellaneous bits of information) which capture my imagination and which I hope will capture yours.


7 thoughts on “Two new Sailstrait spin-off series

  1. K Mair

    Harry you are one prolific guy. I’m so grateful for these write ups! The postcard site is beautiful. Thanks for all you do.

  2. Larry Jones

    Harry: You may find G. Douglas Murray a useful resource as I believe he collected postal stamps from PEI for many years. I haven’t spoken to Doug for some time but when I googled him he comes up in the archives with a photograph collection.

  3. Gary

    Hello Harry

    In 1973 I left an album of Mitchell photos at Beaconsfield with Catherine; I had bought it at an auction at that auction barn on Dorchester St. I did get someone at the PARO to bring it out about 10 years ago and had a look through it. Catherine failed to identify it as my gift though. Inside there are several photos of the interior of Haszard & Moores printing shop. It was above what we knew as Lepages Shoe Store. Don Wonnacott can tell you that many printing types were found on the floor upstairs.

    Many of those photos on your postcards are clearly by Mitchell.

    Here is a subject for your sailstrait blog: at PARO there is a very nice photo of the SS Miramichi at one of our wharves. It sailed to Charlottetown down the St Lawrence for years. It was previously a Confederate States blockade runner and you should google it. I think it may have been called the Bat in its CSA days.

    Gary Carroll


    1. sailstrait Post author

      Great tip on the Bat/ Miramichi – also called the Teazer. I know just the photo you mean. It is a paddlewheeler and I have been searching for the identity of the ship for years. Now I have to string to tug on. Thanks again.


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