new-brunswickAdopted by proclamation on February 24, 1965, the symbols on the flag were taken directly from the Armoral Bearings originally granted to New Brunswick in 1868 by Queen Victoria.....

The gold lion on a red background represents the Duchy of Brunswick, a possession of Britain's King George III who ruled in the year of New Brunswick's creation in 1784.   The galley, with oars in the water, represents New Brunswick's early seafaring industrial history.

stjohn-flagIn 1985 a citizen of Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A. mailed a letter to Saint John City Council requesting to purchase a 3 foot by 6 foot City flag.   A counselor asked if, following Council's previous discussion regarding a flag for the City, a further review has resulted in the selection of colors which can be considered to be the proper colors for the City's flag.   A council member replied that the City has approximately two dozen flags in stock which have colors thereon and that it is the intent to reorder flags in the same colors as those contained on the crests which appear on the Police cars.   The Mayor asked that the City Manager familiarize Council with these colors in Committee of the whole later this date.   The counselor then noted that what the City refers to as its Coat of Arms or Crest is basically the design of the City Seal and that no official colors have been established.   The Mayor advised that she will be meeting with The Lieutenant Governor of the Province in the very near future at which time she will discuss both the City crest and flag to determine if they are, in fact, proper, and requested Council to defer this Council this matter until after such meeting.   The Mayor suggested that, if Council approves, one of the current flags will be forwarded with an explanation that Council is considering another flag.   There remains to this date no official flag for the City of St. John, New Brunswick.


On awakening, we found ourselves docked at St. John.   The sky was gray and it seemed that it would be cold.   Right along side the wharf were these houses that I found rather interesting looking.   Yes, the title image at the top of this page is the same group of houses.

Off our ship and taking a look upward we could see the window of our cabin.   This was our highest deck and perhaps listing from side to side is a little more pronounced.

Off on our tour of St. John, this fortress was the first stop.   It was an interesting place and as you will see we were able to go inside.   Our guide told a funny story that I can't remember totally, but it was along the lines that the fortress was first built as protection against the native Indians.   The Indians never came so the people of St. John said, “well it is protection against the Americans.”   The Americans never came.   They then decided that really nobody cared that they were there.

From this hilltop where the fortress was located, we had a good but distant view of our ship.   There was also a neat looking little house that looked like it wanted to be photographed.

The tides at St. John are huge, 30 feet.   So much, that the incoming tide will reverse the flow of one of the local rivers.   This is a favorite spot to go to witness this effect.   While we were there, the tide was in and the river was being reversed.   This causes the water to become very rough as you can see in these two photos.

On our way back to town, we came to another good sighting of our ship.   I guess this would be a good place to comment on the gangway used because of these high tides.   This is an adjustable structure and facilitates walking very well.

It was Sunday when we visited St. John.   Most all of the stores were closed.   There is a market down town that is open with some vendors, but not all, manned for sales to the tourist.

One last little story.   There was a very bad fire in St. John, in 1877.   At least half of the town was destroyed.   It was estimated that property loses were approximately $15,000,000!   This was in 1877!   For more information The Great Fire of 1877.


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