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Admiral Digby Museum

Coat, Suit

Accession number: 2007.65.1
Category: Main garment
Object subtype: Man's
Date: before 2007
Narrative: Shippy Albert Spurr was born in Deep Brook on August 30,1866, His father and three of his older brothers were sea captains, and they sailed schooners between Nova Scotia Canada, the West Indies, Central and South American during the middle and the lasted eighteen (18) hundreds. Shippy didn't follow the sea as his father and brothers did, instead he moved to Lynn Massachusetts and learned the trade of Stonemason. While he was there he met a young woman, Eliza May Messenger, who was from Centerlea Nova Scotia. She was working in Lynn as a seamstress. On June 29, 1898, when Shippy was thirty-one years old, and Eliza May was twenty-nine years old, they were married in Lynn Mass. Shortly after their marriage they moved to Sydney, Nova Scotia. Shippy has a very successful business there, but after a few years the decided to move back to Deep Brook. Shippy was well know throughout the Annapolis Valley and between Halifax and Yarmouth (county) for the many beautiful fireplaces that he built. The Port Royal Habitation is a monument to his life. All the beautiful stone work on the restored Champlain Habitation at Lower Granville is his handiwork. The "Digby Courier" wrote that, "His work attests a true and righteous workman with every brick and stone laid four square like unto his character."
Description: One (1) Black suite; Solid Black; no pants; includes vest; Believed to be handmade