Nova Scotia

New owner for old telegraph station

A community group in Guysborough County is another step closer to saving a century-old former communication centre from destruction.

A community group in Guysborough County is another step closer to saving a century-old former communication centre from destruction.

The Commercial Cable building at Hazel Hill, outside Canso, was built in 1888 as a relay station for telegraph messages between Europe and North America. Some key messages passed through, including news of the sinking of the Titanic and the stock market crash of 1929.

The station was shut down after the last message was sent in 1962. Since then, the brick building has become a leaking, crumbling hulk.

The Commercial Cable Building Rehabilitation Society set out to preserve the building. The local group bought the structure using $21,000 in government funding and took possession of it on Tuesday.

"I think people are pretty excited," said society president Stephen Townsend.

"I think the significance is it gives everyone a credible start to move this project forward. People have talked about this building and that it should be used as something significant for the last 40 years. And now it is in the hands where it can be moved forward."

Townsend said the next step is to study future uses for the building. The costs of restoration have been pegged at more than $1 million.

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