Market Square

September 22, 2008

September is a big month for cruise ships coming to Saint John. The main components in the above photo are, left to right: cruise ship; Hilton hotel; Market Square. All within the bounds of this photo, here are a few things you can do while your ship is in port.

First, don’t miss the wooden clock sculpted by artist John Hooper (1926-2006) , who was born in England, traveled extensively, and then spent the second half of his life here in New Brunswick. This clock uses a tail, not hands, to tell time. The blue snake under the feet of the standing figures takes six hours to complete one revolution. If you use the 12-hour clock, this means that at any given moment, there are only two possible times: 3 o’clock or 9 o’clock, 4 o’clock or 10 o’clock, et cetera.

The dot on each column marks fifteen minutes. The snake’s tail has passed the second dot after the one o’clock/seven o’clock dot. Therefore, the time is not quite 1:45 pm.

For something even more mysterious, you could ponder the little patch of beach where the first fleet of Loyalist ships and their 2,000 passengers disembarked, and, one presumes, immediately set up for a game of beach volleyball.

Other sights are much more comprehensible. Here is the Moosehead-Brewery-sponsored moose. It was quite touching to see a number of Texan tourists, such as this one, give the statue little affectionate pats.

Inside Market Square, besides shops, you will find the New Brunswick Museum…

…and the main branch of the Saint John library. Once you’ve savoured your cultural quietude, you might want a souvenir…

so head on over to the City Market, the oldest such in Canada.

Finally, how about a bite to eat at The Infusion restaurant? We hope you’ve enjoyed your stay. All aboard…

…and thanks for visiting!