The Plant Steam Ship Company was located at the foot of Sackville Street, on the waterside of one of the numerous downtown 'arches' leading from street to wharf, all of them now long gone from the urban landscape. The firm of Thomas J. Egan sold guns, fishing tackle and sporting goods, and it was in that building that the fire began.
The Plant Line, established in the city since 1889,offered the only direct (i.e. non-stop) shipping and passenger service between Halifax and Boston, and thus captured the majority of business traffic along this important sea route. The firm advertised its service as
the most desirable way to travel, only one night is spent at sea. There are no changes to make, no dust or dirt, no scurrying for meals, a comfortable trip on a floating hotel. The line in summertime also operates from Halifax to Port Hawkesbury and Charlottetown. The company also acts as agents for the coastal steamer Dufferin which runs along the Eastern Coast terminating at Sherbrooke.
Date: after 15 September 1904
Reference: Thomas W. Chisholm Nova Scotia Archives 1981-457 no. 1 / neg. no.: N-6168
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