Monday, June 24, 2019
Pieces of History
I went for a walk in Point Pleasant Park the other day and instead of following the paths through the park and along the shore of the harbour, I walked down to the large monument of the anchor to take a photo. I discovered that the chain attached to the anchor trailed off down the rocky beach, disappearing into the water as if a sunken ship was out there under the surface. It was an interesting photo, but what I noticed were the many man-made items scattered among the rocks on the beach.
Walking among the rocks on the beach, it is hard not to wonder what these objects were once part of. I found granite slabs cut into perfect building blocks, some showing the drill holes used to split the rock. There were chunks of brick walls and single bricks smoothed round by the waves. I found timber with bolts still attached and large pieces of rusted metal of unknown origin.
How did these relics from former Halifax buildings get here? Did they just wash up on the shore, or were they dumped here when buildings were demolished to make room for new ones. Did these chunks of Halifax history originate here in the park as part of it's heritage protecting Halifax Harbour during times of war, or were they dumped here?
Hundreds of people enjoy Point Pleasant Park every day but most simply walk on the paths in the park,(You are encouraged to remain on the paths I think), but you find some interesting things when you stray off the beaten paths and experience the unexplored areas.
Below are photos of some of the 'Stuff' I found.