Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

A chandlery is a shop which supplied sailing ships with all the equipment, ropes, tools and rigging necessary to sail a ship back in the 1800's.  These shots were taken in  the restored chandlery of William Robertson and Son, which is on display at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, NS.  This store was a fixture on the Halifax waterfront since 1840 and operated into the early 1900's.  The museum has  number of exhibits including artifacts from the Titanic as well as other shipwrecks.  


  1. Monochrome is a good choice for these photos. I especially like the first one with the fishing nets (I think) so prominent in the foreground.

    I did some research (okay, googling) about "chandlery" since I have never heard this before and it's quite interesting. In the end there seem to be no facts about why and when chandlers turned from candlemakers to .. well ... chandlers.

  2. I agree with Martina. The B&W photos of the chandlery look great. Not many chandlery shops around here as the closest thing to the sea is the Great Lakes, still a long way off.

  3. Thank you both for looking and for your comments. I like the look of B&W for these photos as well, probably since many of the pictures I've seen that actually date from the late 1800's to early 1900's were all done in B&W. I didn't know chandlers were candlemakers before becoming "chandlers". That's very interesting indeed. Out in South Dakota, there might be no chandleries, but I bet there are general stores. :)

    1. There were great "General Stores" around here, but there are fewer and fewer of them as high speed highways make a drive into the "City" easy. Use to live in an Iowa small town one block from a great General Store. We bought meat there and ate what ever they cut that day. They also had original, old stock parts for carriages, hardware, clothing, and groceries.