Notable Stories Teaser

Staff at the museum are writing a history book on Port Moody which will be released Fall 2012! It will tell the tale of the city through a large collection of photographs and vibrant stories. Here’s an example of one of the “notable stories” you can read about in the book.

The Hexapus

The Hexapus
On his way home from school one day, Bill Baird, son of the owner of Baird Tugs, “saw something strange”.  Just before reaching his house, he noticed a creature lying in the mud flats, west of where the old wharf used to be located, at Queen Street. The tide was out, and clinging to one of the visible boom sticks planted in the ground was an unidentifiable animal, “the colour of a pair of socks”.  Bill got out his slingshot and, with a friend, shot a couple of rocks over the creature’s head. With every shot the creature’s tentacles splayed out in response, revealing itself as an octopus. The boys, in typical fashion, scrambled for their dinghy, loading as many tools as fast as they could, and rowed out to capture it. On the dock, they measured the octopus at 8 feet, 4 inches long, and noticed two of its tentacles were missing. After making some inquiries, they were told a curious tale.

Log Booms on Burrard Inlet

Several weeks before, and several miles west at a sawmill, “a chap had fallen off the dock” and into the murky water. The man was immediately seized by an octopus and dragged further under. Luckily he had a knife in his belt, and managed to cut off two of the creature’s arms before swimming to safety. The boys knew their catch must be the same octopus, and so strung it up on a clothesline and charged each town resident ten cents to take a look. One man was even brave enough to touch a tentacle, and was rewarded with a struggle, as he had to pry a still deadly suction cup off his hand. After their show was over, Bill Baird and his friend were approached by a group of Japanese families, who paid the boys five dollars for the delicacy.

Look out for this and more when the book is finished! Have your own stories or photos to contribute? Email us at info@portmoodymuseum.org.

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. If this is an example of the sort of stories going into the History book, I can hardly wait and will recommend the book even to my relatives who don’t live in BC. For that matter, I have friends who don’t live in Canada who would be interested in it to hear about Canada. That’s taking into account any bias I might have with my personal involvement with the museum.

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