The lots extended from the rugged coastline, through a thin stand of stunted spruce to the upland granite barrens. Suitable land for tilling and growing crops was rare.
The surnames of soldiers and loyalists granted land in Crow Harbour included Dort, Elar (Ehler), Gurgon (George), Krinkhorn (Greencourt) Rhienhold (Rhynold), and Jamieson. Many of their descendants live in Queensport to this day.
J.F.W. Des Barres
Of all those who served in the 60th Regiment, Joseph Frederick Wallet Des Barres is without doubt the most celebrated in Nova Scotia. A dashing officer of Swiss extraction, he served under James Wolfe during the 1759 Battle of the Plains of Abraham and legend has it that he held the General in his arms as he lay dying from a bullet to the chest.
Over the course of a long and distinguished career, Des Barres went on to become Surveyor of the North Atlantic, Lieutenant-Governor of Cape Breton, and a mentor to the famous British explorer James Cook. In 1777 he published a magnificent four-volume atlas of nautical maps and renderings entitled "the Atlantic Neptune." The map and illustration of Crow Harbour shown below is from this collection.
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Photos and illustrations (starting top left and going clockwise):
Schooner dockside, Hendsbee Wharf, Queensport, circa 1927
Jet trail over the Barrens, watercolour , Steven Rhude
Crow Harbour, on the South Shore of Chedabucto Bay
Spring on the Barrens, watercolour Steven Rhude
60th American Regiment of Foot 1755-1783, watercolour Robert Marrion