Susanna McLeod

Susanna McLeod

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Archive for July 2014

‘SS Royal William,’ First Ocean-Going Steamship Built in Canada

Constructed in 1831 at Quebec City, Royal William‘s steam engines powered paddle wheels. The vessel plied the St. Lawrence River and the Atlantic Ocean. Churning through the brisk waters of the St. Lawrence River and later the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, the Royal William was an impressive vessel, using only her steam engines… (read more)

Wilby and Haney, First Cross-Canada automobile dash in 1912

Summer 1912, Thomas Wilby and Jack Haney made a road trip in a special REO from Halifax, NS to Vancouver, BC. Roads? What Roads? And the men? Not friends. In a grand gesture, Jack Haney backed the wheels of the special Reo automobile into the beach water of the Atlantic Ocean at Halifax, Nova Scotia… (read more)

Marconi’s First Wireless Transmission, Signal Hill, Newfoundland

The receiver in Newfoundland moved, tap, tap, tap on December 12, 1901. The Morse Code letter “S” had travelled thousands of miles.. On December 15, 1902, Marconi transmitted a full message. Success! The boy grew up with an intense curiosity about the sciences of electricity and physics.  Born on April 25, 1874, Guglielmo Marconi was… (read more)