Mast returns to Ship Hector in time for Royal Visit
PICTOU – The Ship Hector will be ship-shape when royal visitors come to town in May.
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Crews work to move the Ship Hector's refurbished masts into position today.
The ship’s new mizzen mast was delivered to the Hector Heritage Quay Friday morning, along with a new repaired main mast, after being removed for repairs in June 2013.
“It feels good to have them all here,” said Quay society spokeswoman Darlene MacDonald.
The lower portions of the masts will be returned the Ship Hector next week so they will be in place for the May 19 visit of Prince Charles and Camilla. Rigging on the bottom portions of the masts will also be put in place along with the original flagpole from the replica ship.
The next-in-line as king of England and his wife are visiting the Town of Pictou as part of their royal tour of Nova Scotia. The only other stop in the province will be Halifax.
Following the royal visit, the upper portions of the masts and riggings will be put in place.
The new 45-foot mizzen mast was constructed in Lunenburg while repairs were also done to the masts for the ship. Partners Construction donated its truck and equipment to transport the masts to the Hector Heritage Quay.
The main mast, which was struck by lightning in June 2007, was also repaired and freshly painted. The lightning blast split the mast but it did not catch fire. The damaged piece of mast will be nailed to the outside of the Quay building for storytelling purposes for years to come.
Once the masts are in place and more “spring-like” weather comes to Pictou County, the quay will be calling on volunteers to help give the ship a fresh coat of paint and spruce it up a little for the summer season.
MacDonald said the Hector Heritage Quay will officially open May 20 to the public and the society is always looking for volunteers who want to donate some time to the centre.
PICTOU – The itinerary for the royal visit by Prince Charles and his wife Camilla was announced Friday.
The couple will fly into Trenton Airport from Halifax on Monday, May 19 at 3:20 p.m. and make their way the Hector Heritage Quay in Pictou for a visit at 4:10 p.m. They will leave Pictou at 5:35 p.m. and head back to the Trenton Airport for their flight to Prince Edward Island.