National Geographic : 1964 Jun
Serene calls at Baddeck harbor RELAXING MORNING finds family and friends aboard Samuel Batchelder's yawl. Wives and children accompanied many of the Cruising Club skippers in Nova Scotia waters. Baddeck, a placid village of trim white houses overlooking the Bras d'Or Lakes, takes its name from the Micmac Indian word abadak, meaning "place with an island near." The island is Kidston, whose light guards the harbor. Renowned for its beauty, Baddeck is famed as well in aviation annals. Here on February 23, 1909, J. A . D. McCurdy soared for half a mile at a speed of 40 miles an hour in the Silver Dart. The bay's frozen surface provided the take-off strip. Five years ago, when Baddeckers celebrated the 50th anniversary of the history-making flight, a test pilot flew a reproduction of the Silver Dart built by the Royal Canadian Air Force.