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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Cruise Day 4 - Sydney NS - We toured a Coal Mine Under the Ocean

We just completed a cool foggy day on Cape Breton Island. It is the eastern part of Nova Scotia. Lulu had a rental car available to take us to the Historic Mine Museum eats of the town of Sydney at a place called Glace Bay. Up until 2001 - they had been deep ming coal since the 1700s. It felt so much like home in the Coal Region of Pennsylvania. They deep mined soft coal here - going down in a shaft and then out under the ocean about 6 miles. Although the mines are closed 13 years - the retired coal miners keep a museum and mine shaft available for tours. 

Sydney is a small town on a great harbor east of Halifax. It was really foggy today - but the temperature was in the 40s.

Jameis Winston was there looking for crab legs and lobster

Our Holland America ship Veendam pulled in around 9 AM. There is free wifi in the cruise terminal and I was able to post several stories and check my email.

This shaft goes out under the seat.

There was a blast here once that killed 300 men.

There wis still plenty of coal in the mine.

Lulu was taking care of the "pit ponies." they lived underground all the time.

Harry seldom raised a pick in anger - but he is still the Florida Coal Cracker.

Note the lunch pail with the rat waiting for food. 

Our tour guide mined for 40 years - and hopes the mine opens again some day so he can mine again.

Lulu thought it was too cold and wet.

This cage took the miners down 800 feet - then rails took them horizontally under the seas.

I doubt that miner's had panini buns.

Lulu had a lobster club sandwich.

It is 4:05 PM here now - our ship leaves at 4:30 PM. It was a great stop - next stop is Prince Edward Island tomorrow.

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