Fundy region mourns loss of Age of Sail historian

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He spent immeasurable time and effort preserving the history of this shore, and now he is a part of it. Stanley T. Spicer passed away on Saturday, June 2.

While well-known for his achievements in education, tourism, community development and for his wartime service, Spicer was perhaps best known for his deep knowledge of the Age of Sail in the Maritimes, and the several books he wrote on the subject.

He spent immeasurable time and effort preserving the history of this shore, and now he is a part of it. Stanley T. Spicer passed away on Saturday, June 2.

While well-known for his achievements in education, tourism, community development and for his wartime service, Spicer was perhaps best known for his deep knowledge of the Age of Sail in the Maritimes, and the several books he wrote on the subject.

At the time of his death he was president of the Greville Bay Shipbuilding Museum Society, which operates the Age of Sail Heritage Centre. His passing is a terrible loss for all the communities along the shore, especially at the museum, according to long-time society treasurer Ohra Colins.

"Because of the way we work we're a very close-knit family, so it's really hitting this group very, very hard," she said. "His expertise and his knowledge, and his concern for his community is going to be a great loss to the shore."

After writing his first books during the 1960s on sports, Spicer later published numerous historical books on Maritime marine history, such as Masters of Sail, Sails of Fundy and The Saga of the Mary Celeste. He also compiled a comprehensive listing of more than 8,000 sailing vessels built around the Bay of Fundy and its rivers for Acadia University, information of which was also provided to the various community museums such as the Age of Sail museum.

"In a historical sense, he was an invaluable resource," said Colins. "We'll miss him not only as our president but as a close and dear friend."

He was 83.



awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Greville Bay Shipbuilding Museum Society, Age of Sail Heritage Centre, Acadia University Sail museum

Geographic location: Bay of Fundy

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