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LETTER: Think about virtual sailing with Hector


Funny, the ideas that pop to mind while reading the morning newspaper.

Your  'Ship Hector getting upgrades' story (June 5) with my Hector Quay Society friend Brian Kellock's dream of a $1.4 million upgrade which "would put engines in it and then we could start taking people out on tour…."

The Ship Hector replica is a proud symbol of our Pictou heritage, albeit an expensive one to maintain. I've often thought that we should house it in a large glass dome to prevent its silent deterioration from constant exposure to Mother Nature's elements. That's my dream.

Still, I like to see the dreams of others work too. And so I thought – $1.4 million is a lot of money but what if we built a miniature replica of the Hector, one that could take say 10-15 passengers on sails around the area?

"Cute idea but not really spectacular," I hear someone saying.

But that's the other part of the idea that popped into my brain – perhaps because I know Brian Kellock as the computer guy. Years ago, he sold and set me up with my first computer and told me then that I had more computer power sitting on my desk than existed in the world a decade before.

Computer technology has come far since then. Now we have computer-generated, animated virtualization. Might we have some young computer whiz prepare programming so our 15 passengers, on a portion of their local Harbour sail, could put on a helmet or goggles and get the virtual reality experience of sailing on the original Hector in some of the conditions experienced in the original crossings? Now, that would be exciting!

Just an idea. Thought I'd put it out there.

Ralph Ferguson

Pictou

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