SYDNEY MARINE TERMINAL (Government Wharf)
In 2003, a multi-phase development of the Sydney Harbour Front
was begun in conjunction with the increasing schedule of cruise
ship visits to the port of Sydney. The first phase involved
the establishment of an Interpretive Centre of the history
and culture of Cape Breton. The local Tourist Information
Bureau was also located on site and an Arts and Craft Centre
was open on the days of ship visits.
The Sydney Steel Museum Society was asked to exhibit a display
depicting some of the history of the 100 years of steel making
in Sydney and its impact on the community. A fifteen-minute
DVD was edited from film shot in the late 1940’s demonstrating
the steel making process, which had not changed significantly
since the first steel was made in 1901. The background of
the display consisted of a 1907 mural of the Steel Plant with
a few large postcard-type pictures on the perimeter.
A sample of our main product, a 10 foot steel rail with a
locomotive wheel welded to it for dramatic effect, was mounted
on a podium in front of the mural. At the center of the display
was a sealed case containing some smaller products such as
nails and wire. Also in the case was a product catalogue from
1950 showing the wide diversity of products. A number of one-of-a-kind
items were also in the case, such as a sample of the last
iron made at the blast furnace in 1989 and a pair of chrome
bookends made from the last rail produced in 2000. Many tools
unique to the Steel Industry were also displayed on the podium.
To the right of the display case was a mannequin dressed in
the type of safety clothing worn in working with molten metal
in 2000. This contrasted sharply with the safety garb, or
lack of, worn by employees in the DVD presentation. To demonstrate
the hazards of steel making, a pair of wooden shoes, which
were worn on hot jobs to prevent a worker’s boots from
going aflame, were displayed.
An estimated 40,000 visitors enjoyed the display, mostly whom
were cruise ship passengers and crew. Many local people, including
retired steel workers, came to see a large part of the history
of Sydney. The Interpretive Centre followed the same daily
schedule as the Tourist Information Bureau. When cruise ships
were in, a retired steel worker was on hand to answer questions
(and there were many) on the history of the Sydney Steel Plant.
SWISS CHALET STEEL EXHIBIT
The Sydney Steel Museum Society has placed an exhibit
at the Swiss Chalet restaurant on Welton Street in Sydney
that depicts 100 years of steel making at the Sydney
plant. It is located in the foyer of the restaurant
and is open during regular restaurant hours. A series
of photographs by renowned photographer, Ray Martheleur,
are displayed on the foyer walls.
||The photos on the one wall show the integrated steel
system in use from 1901 to 1990. The other wall has photos
depicting steel making with the mini-mill system from
1900 to the year 2000. On the far wall, an exhibit case
contains many smaller artifacts from the century of steel
making. Also prominently displayed on the walls are a
number of tools unique to the steel industry. A photo
showing the tool in operation accompanies each; these
photos are self-explanatory, no captions are required.
Another interesting item is a 1903 photograph of the entire
steel plant. This photo was taken from the George Street
side of Muggah’s Creek before the mountain of slag
and tar pond existed.