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Thursday, 7 April 2011

Port of the Privateers

Liverpool, the "Port of the Privateers" is an historic town located on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. Established in 1759, Liverpool was once known as Ogomikigeak (dry sandy place) and Ogukegeok (place of departure) by the Mi'kmaq. The harbour name was changed to Port Rossignol after the captain who used the harbour for fur trading.

With the arrival of New England Planters to Liverpool the town was later named after Lord Liverpool, head of the Board of Trade and Plantations. Initially sympathetic to the cause of the American Revolution, residents eventually "rebelled against the rebellion" after American Privateers repeatedly attacked local shipping, even the town itself. It was then that the golden age of the Liverpool Privateer had begun. During the remainder of the American Revolution, through the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812, Liverpool privateer vessels preyed on enemy ships in the West Indies and North Atlantic.
An important harbour for the export of forestry products, ship building and fishing, Liverpool enjoyed a comfortable existence until the mid-19th Century. The new star of the ship building world, steel, ruined Liverpool's wooden ship industry and the failure of two local banks crippled the local economy.
Prohibition in the United States allowed Liverpool to become a rum running centre in the 1920's. The town's fortunes were further bolstered with the 1929 completion of the Mersey Paper Company in Brooklyn and a new era dawned in the town.

Today Liverpool is a tranquil community surrounded by quiet, unspoiled white sand beaches and protected wilderness areas. Queens Place new recreation centre will soon be open for the enjoyment of the physically active.  Liverpool makes a great year round hub for travellers looking for good food, culture, nature activities and a feel for stepping back in time.