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By Julian Gwyn

Ashore and Afloat tells the early background of the Halifax Naval backyard. From the development of the backyard and its growth, to the folk all in favour of the company, to the nuts and bolts of shopping for the masts and paying the accounts, Julian Gwyn's background of the Halifax Naval backyard leaves no stone unturned. Dozens of illustrations and copious appendices, together with a biographical listing, accompany this compelling history.

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Some were convicted of robbery, murder, and housebreaking, for which the convicted paid a terrible price. Although the yard was located almost a mile from town, at least two grog houses had been established close by the gate. " When their licenses were revoked under their general shop licenses, they then sold rum not from inside their shops, but at the door "on Skittle Alley" nearby. It was on Colvill's watch that the only case of theft of yard stores ever prosecuted by the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia occurred.

18 Samuel Hood found its three parlours, kitchen on the ground floor, and two bedrooms on the second floor too modest an accommodation. As it lacked a garret, his servants, both men and women, had to live elsewhere. 20 On several occasions early in the winter of 1767-8 "above two feet of water have been in the cellars of the house ... I fear I shall be the great sufferer by it, having some wines for my consumption ... 24 Aligned on a north-south axis, the sixty foot by forty-six foot woodframed house was built in the classical style.

There are two great holes about 10 ft. sq. "62 A month later his miseries had been multiplied when a gale with hurricane force winds struck and lasted about twelve hours. The careening yard was quite considerably damaged. The demolition of the south breastwork exposes the whole yard, but more particularly the outer mastpond, the sea has now full scope without control, which is always very great with a south east wind ... Building the Yard, 1758-1783 15 All breastworks and small wharfs round the yard, with platforms, sentinel boxes, and necessary houses in part carried away, the remainder much damaged.

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