History

The Story of the Hector

On September 15, 1773 the Ship Hector arrived in Pictou Harbour. On board were 189 Scottish Highlanders who had left their homes with the promise of land and a better life in the New World.

The Hector, a three-masted cargo vessel, was the first ship to directly transport passengers from Scotland to Nova Scotia. This historic voyage marked the beginning of a massive wave of immigration that would shape the future of North America and gave Pictou the honour of being called “The Birthplace of New Scotland”.

Walk through the three-storey post and beam Interpretive Centre to learn more about our history then step aboard the Ship Hector to experience below deck life.