188 named American casualties of the War of
1812, including 11 sailors of the USS Chesapeake, were buried in this hill on
Deadman's Island, Halifax. A developer saw
the island only as piece of land for
waterfront condominiums, but the land was
saved by the rediscovery and rescue of the
lost cemetery in 2000. In that year,
representatives of the US, Canada and UK,
including members of the Tennessee Air
National Guard and citizens of Halifax,
came together in an emotional ceremony
honoring the forgotten dead, and promising
____________________________________ Simply a Collection of Pieces of Wood?
"This mill contains one of the best preserved 18th-century warships in the world. The building has protected these timbers in extraordinary condition. When you walk through, you still feel like you're on a ship. And when the wind's blowing, well ..." – Robert Prescott, Maritime Historian, St. Andrews University, Scotland, quoted in the Ottawa Citizen, October 13, 2003.
“It is hard to know what to make of this information. The already considerable charm of the mill seems intensified in some way. But a plank, if dendrophiles will forgive the heresy, is a plank . . . If nobody told you about the floor, and you couldn't spot golden American pine by sight, you'd be none the wiser, and mystically communing with objects which have been in interesting places will only get you so far.” – The Telegraph, January 24, 2004
Simply a Collection of Pieces of Wood?
“On every floor the blithe and mealy men were urging their life-sustaining toil. But, my reader, on one of those planks, on one of these floors, beyond all reasonable doubt, Lawrence fell, in the writhing anguish of his mortal wound . . . and on others Broke lay ensanguined, and his assailants dead . . .” - Adl. P.B.V. Broke: A Memoir, Rev. George Brighton, 1866 “The metamorphosis of a sanguinary man-of-war into a peaceful flour mill is perhaps as near an approach to the Scriptural prophecy that spears and swords shall be beaten into plows and pruning-hooks as the conditions of modern civilization will allow.” - Edgar Stanton MacLay, A History of the United States Navy, from1775 to 1893
The Tale of Two Nations
“ . . . a valuable symbol of the history of our two countries. When you explain it to people, very few people know about it. It comes as an enormous surprise to most people that we were at war with United States in 1812.” - Barrie Marson, Wickham History Society, 2007.
“The metamorphosis of a sanguinary man-of-war into a peaceful flour mill is perhaps as near an approach to the Scriptural prophecy that spears and swords shall be beaten into plows and pruning-hooks as the conditions of modern civilization will allow.” - Edgar Stanton MacLay, A History of the United States Navy, from1775 to 1893
“There were several American army and navy personnel walking around the mill. And I asked them, you know, ‘Why are you here? What are you looking for?’ And they said ‘Well all of this wood came from one of our ships.’” – account of young Eric Walker of Portsmouth, England upon coming across American sailors of World War II in Wickham, 1943.
Ship or Watermill?
“But every time I go down there I get the feeling - maybe it’s my identification with the past as a professional historian - I get the impression that there’s still something about the soul of the ship that is there.” – James Thomas, Maritime Historian, University of Portsmouth, England.