Waterfront plan Hector web

Work continues on repairs to the replica of the Ship Hector at the Hector Heritage Quay.

(Goodwin photo)

Preparations are in motion to mark special birthdays in 2023 for the Ship Hector and the Town of Pictou.

Mayor Jim Ryan is currently chairing the group, whose membership he said will widen as the list of stakeholders grows.

“We have 10 or 12 people meeting,” he said. “We have been meeting every two months but will be meeting again shortly.”

The Ship Hector’s arrival in Pictou Harbour in 1773 and the 150th anniversary of the town’s incorporation will be celebrated next year.

Stakeholders so far include the deCoste Performing Arts Centre, Ship Hector Foundation, New Caledonian Curling Club, McCulloch House Museum and Genealogy Centre, Northumberland Fisheries Museum, St. Andrew’s Society of Pictou County, and descendants of settlers who arrived on the Hector.

“We’re looking at legacy projects for the town and the Hector in connection with the deCoste and the waterfront development for both the Hector and the town,” Ryan said. “We have engaged with the Pictou Landing First Nation in connection with the arrival of the Hector and the development of the Town of Pictou. We hope to put together something more definite.”

Celebrating the town’s 150th anniversary will concentrate on April, the month Ryan said it was incorporated.

He outlined some of the key items that need to be addressed to establish a number of events to coincide with the two milestones.

Delays include hiring a project co-ordinator and releasing the Pictou 2023 branding with some preliminary plans, Ryan said. It will include some summer events next year to edify the Hector.

“We are waiting for funding approval from Heritage Canada so we can officially engage that person,” he said.

Invitations have been issued to those who would want to attend or those who the group would deem it appropriate.

“We can’t confirm any of their responses yet,” he said. “Some invitations had to be sent early.”