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Other Name
HALLIGAN RESCUE TOOL / HALLIGAN BAR
Date Range From
1985
Date Range To
2015
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL
Catalogue Number
P20150010004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HALLIGAN RESCUE TOOL / HALLIGAN BAR
Date Range From
1985
Date Range To
2015
Materials
STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
14.5
Length
76.0
Width
17.4
Description
STEEL HALLIGAN RESCUE TOOL / HALLIGAN BAR / CROWBAR. SILVER COLOURED METAL. ONE END HAS A CLAW WITH A RECESSED NAIL PULLER, WHILE THE OTHER END HAS A DUCKBILL BLADE (OR ADZE) AND A PICK. THE CLAW IS 17.4CM LONG AND IS EMBOSSED WITH: "PARATECH USA 017120 C I" (THE 'C' IS ACTUALLY A COPYRIGHT SYMBOL). THE HANDLE PORTION OF THE TOOL HAS TWO GRIPS, ONE NEAR THE CLAW AND THE SECOND NEAR THE BLADE AND PICK. THE UNDERSIDE OF THE BLADE IS EMBOSSED WITH: "PARATECH USA 017038 C K" (AGAIN, THE 'C' IS A COPYRIGHT SYMBOL). STAMPED INTO THE HANDLE, TO THE CLAW SIDE OF THE MIDDLE, IS "AMR 7" OVERALL IN FAIR TO GOOD CONDITION. THE BLADE AND PICK ARE VERY RUSTY. THE BLADE HAS A SMALL DENT. THE RUST ON THE BLADE AND PICK IS WORSE, BUT THE CLAW END IS ALSO VERY RUSTED. SURFACE RUST ALL OVER THE HANDLE.
Subjects
MULTIPLE USE ARTIFACTS
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS HALLIGAN RESCUE TOOL / HALLIGAN BAR / CROWBAR WAS USED BY THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT. IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT PROVIDED AT THE TIME OF DONATION, JESSE KURTZ, DEPUTY CHIEF – SUPPORT SERVICES (RETIRED), EXPLAINED THAT THE HALLIGAN TOOL IS A “FORCIBLE ENTRY OR EXIT TOOL USED TO FORCE ENTRY INTO A BUILDING AND ALSO USED FOR FIREFIGHTERS TO FORCE ENTRY OUT OF A BUILDING WHEN STRAPPED. THIS ONE IS STEEL; [NOW] WE HAVE SOME THAT ARE MADE OF TITANIUM AND ARE MUCH LIGHTER.” IN THE SUMMER OF 2015, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN, CONDUCTED A SERIES OF INTERVIEWS WITH CURRENT AND FORMER MEMBERS OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING: CLIFF “CHARLIE” BROWN (HIRED IN 1966, RETIRED 2004), RAYMOND “RAY” PETIT (HIRED 1965, RETIRED 1998), AND TREVOR LAZENBY (HIRED IN 1994). BROWN CALLED IT “JUST ANOTHER FANCY PRY BAR … [THAT] WAS [ON THE TRUCK] WHEN I LEFT.” PETIT AGREED, CALLING IT “A BREAK IN TOOL. IF YOU WANT TO BREAK INTO A HOUSE … CRASH A DOOR, WINDOWS, PRY A DOOR OPEN, JUST A NICE TOOL … I CALL IT THE HOUSE BREAKING TOOLS.” LAZENBY EXPANDED: “THIS GETS USED ALL THE TIME … WHEN IT COMES TO … FORCIBLE ENTRY AND FINDING A MEANS OF EGRESS AND NEEDING A TOOL OF CHOICE, THIS IS PROBABLY THE GO-TO TOOL. YOU CAN PUNCTURE, YOU CAN PRY, YOU CAN BREAK … THERE’S JUST SO MANY USES FOR THIS.” HE CONTINUED: “THE ONLY DRAWBACK WITH THE … OLDER GENERATION HALLIGAN BARS WAS JUST THE FACT THAT THEY WERE JUST SO HEAVY, BUT THE NEWER GENERATION ARE TITANIUM, AND GROSSLY EXPENSIVE BECAUSE OF THAT, AND SO WE DO HAVE A COUPLE OF TITANIUM MODELS BUT OVERALL WE STILL HAVE STEEL ONES ON THE TRUCK FOR THE MOST PART, SO THIS IS ONE OF THE TOOLS THAT WE STILL USE ALL THE TIME. IT COMES OFF THE TRUCK CONSTANTLY.” LAZENBY CONTINUED FURTHER, RELAYING AN INSTANCE WHEN THE HALLIGAN WAS VERY USEFUL: “WE RESPONDED ON AN EMS CALL FOR SOMEONE WHO WAS UNABLE TO ANSWER THE DOOR BECAUSE OF THEIR CONDITION. SO WHEN WE ROLLED UP TO THE HOUSE, THEY HAD A MASSIVE BLACK WROUGHT IRON GATE. IT WAS A SECURITY GATE THAT WAS BOLTED TO THE FRONT OF THAT STRUCTURE OVER THE FRONT DOOR AND WE HAD NO ACCESS, THE WINDOWS WERE BARRED AND EVERYTHING ELSE, WE HAD NO ACCESS INTO THAT STRUCTURE … WE GRABBED WHAT WE NOW KNOW AS THE ‘SET OF IRONS’ AND I HAD THE FLAT HEAD AXE AND MY PARTNER TOOK THE HALLIGAN TOOL AND WE SLIPPED THE FORK IN OVER TOP OF THE BOLTS THAT WERE BEING USED AROUND BASICALLY THE BRICK MOLDING THE FRAME OF THE DOOR AND I STRUCK THE BLADE END UP HERE AND WE WERE ABLE TO ACTUALLY FORCE THE FORK DOWN UNDERNEATH THE BOLT, BETWEEN THE BOLT AND THE WOOD, AND ONE QUICK PRY AND … WE POPPED FOUR BOLTS OFF IN LESS THAN SIXTY SECONDS AND WE WERE INSIDE THE HOUSE. SO I KIND OF WONDERED UP UNTIL THAT POINT ABOUT THE EFFICIENCY OF IT, BECAUSE IT’S NOT SOMETHING THAT WE WANT TO GO AROUND BREAKING THINGS, AND IT UNDERSCORED THE IMPORTANCE OF THE USES AND HOW EFFICIENT THAT TOOL IS ON THE FIRE GROUND. AND NOT JUST FOR FIRE CALLS, BUT THAT WAS AN EMS RUN … VERY USEFUL.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT.
Catalogue Number
P20150010004
Acquisition Date
2015-02
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
BALL CAP, “AGRICORE”
Date Range From
1990
Date Range To
2000
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20130004006
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BALL CAP, “AGRICORE”
Date Range From
1990
Date Range To
2000
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
13
Length
19
Width
24
Description
TAN-COLOURED CANVAS BALL CAP WITH BLUE BRIM. EMBROIDERED WITH “AGRICORE” LOGO IN BLUE AND YELLOW THREAD AT CENTRE PEAK. SIX BLUE STITCHED VENTILATION HOLES AROUND BLUE TOP BUTTON. TAN CANVAS SIZING STRAP AT BACK WITH BRONZE-COLOURED CLIP. VERY GOOD CONDITION – NO VISIBLE STAINING OR WEAR.
Subjects
CLOTHING-HEADWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
AGRICULTURE
History
THE COLLECTION OF OBJECTS BELONGING TO THE MEISSER FAMILY WAS DONATED BY JUDY WRIGHT, NIECE OF LOWELL MEISSER, WHO OPERATED A FARM OUTSIDE WARNER WITH HIS BROTHER ROME AS THE ‘MEISSER BROS’ FROM 1929 TO 1946. JUDY’S MOTHER WAS THE SISTER OF LOWELL’S WIFE ELINOR, AND SHE SPENT MUCH OF HER CHILDHOOD LIVING WITH THEM AND ROME MEISSER, DUE TO HER MOTHER BEING UNWELL. IN HER LATER ADULT LIFE, JUDY TOOK CARE OF “UNC” ROME AT HIS WATERTON RESIDENCE, AND BECAUSE ROME AND HIS BROTHER LOWELL DID NOT HAVE ANY LIVING DIRECT DESCENDANTS, JUDY WAS LEFT THE FAMILY BELONGINGS WHEN ROME DIED IN 2004. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ARTIFACT WAS EXTRACTED FROM AN INTERVIEW CONDUCTED WITH THE DONOR BY COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN ON NOVEMBER 14, 2013, AS WELL AS FROM A DOCUMENT WRITTEN BY HER AT THE TIME OF THE DONATION. WRIGHT SAID: “UNC NEVER WENT ANYWHERE WITHOUT A CAP ON, AND A CAP THAT REPRESENTED FARMING WAS HIS PREFERENCE… HE STILL OWNED THE LAND, HE RENTED IT OUT, HE HAD FARMING INCOME AND FARMING EXPENSES… WE’D STILL DRIVE OUT AND LOOK AT THE CROPS THAT WERE ON HIS LAND THAT WAS RENTED OUT.” THE FOLLOWING BRIEF FAMILY HISTORY WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM ROME MEISSER’S MANUSCRIPT ‘THE MEISSER’S AND OTHER RAMBLINGS’ AND DONATIONS OF FAMILY PAPERS MADE BY WRIGHT TO THE GALT ARCHIVES. THE MEISSER FAMILY PATRIARCH, MICHAEL MEISSER, WAS BORN IN SWITZERLAND IN 1830 AND IMMIGRATED TO ALMA, WISCONSIN IN 1846. HIS SON, JOHN LUTZI MEISSER MARRIED MARIE KINDSCHI ON APRIL 30, 1898 AND THEY MOVED TO WARNER, ALBERTA TO FARM IN 1910, LOOKING FOR A DRIER CLIMATE FOR MARIE, WHO SUFFERED FROM TUBERCULOSIS. THE COUPLE HAD FIVE CHILDREN: ORMA, LOWELL, JOHN (WHO DIED AT AGE TWO OF PNEUMONIA), ROME, AND MARIE. IN 1912, MOTHER MARIE DIED IN A TUBERCULOSIS CLINIC IN SALT LAKE CITY, AND FIVE YEARS LATER FATHER JOHN DIED FROM HEAD TRAUMA SUSTAINED IN A GRAIN ELEVATOR ACCIDENT. ONE OF THE CHILDREN’S PATERNAL AUNTS, FRENA, CAME TO WARNER TO HELP THEM WITH SCHOOLING AND RUNNING THE FARM. IN 1920, ORMA MARRIED LEE TENNEY AND IN 1926 LOWELL MARRIED ELINOR TENNEY, AND THE TWO COUPLES LOOKED AFTER THE TWO YOUNGER SIBLINGS UNTIL ORMA AND LEE MOVED TO CALIFORNIA IN 1931. THE YOUNGEST SISTER, MARIE, LATER JOINED THEM WITH HER SON JIM. LOWELL AND ROME FARMED TOGETHER FROM THE SEASON FOLLOWING THEIR FATHER’S DEATH (WHEN THEY WERE 17 AND 13 YEARS OLD, RESPECTIVELY) UNTIL 1945 WHEN THEIR LAND WAS DIVIDED FOR TAX BENEFIT. ROME NEVER MARRIED, AND IN 1928 HAD A SHORT STINT IN PILOT’S TRAINING BEFORE RETURNING TO FARMING PERMANENTLY. LOWELL AND ELINOR’S SON JERALD WAS BORN IN 1929. BY 1957 THE MEISSERS RETIRED FROM FARMING AND LEASED OUT THEIR LAND, AND IN 1958 THE FAMILY BOUGHT A CABIN IN WATERTON PARK, WHERE THEY SPENT ALL FOLLOWING SUMMERS. LOWELL AND ELINOR’S SON JERALD SPLIT HIS TIME BETWEEN FARMING IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA AND VARIOUS PROJECTS IN THE UNITED STATES. HE ENROLLED IN THE CATHOLIC SEMINARY IN SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, BUT PASSED AWAY IN 1990 BEFORE HE COULD BE ORDAINED. LOWELL DIED IN 1988, ELINOR FOLLOWED IN 1992, AND ROME PASSED AWAY IN 2004. THE FOLLOWING REMEMBRANCES OF ROME ‘UNC’ MEISSER WERE EXCERPTED FROM THE NOVEMBER 14, 2013 INTERVIEW. WRIGHT SAID: “I LIVED WITH THEM AND WENT OUT TO THE FARM ALL SUMMER LONG EVERY YEAR FROM THE TIME I WAS FIVE OR SIX YEARS OLD… I JUST HONESTLY THINK THAT I AM WHO I AM TODAY BECAUSE OF MY UNCLE ROME. MY DAD WAS A STAUNCH OLD ENGLISHMAN AND HE COULDN’T RELATE TO ME. HE WAS 45 YEARS OLD WHEN I WAS BORN BUT HE COULDN’T RELATE TO ME. SO, MY UNCLE COULD… HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN MARRIED WITH AT LEAST A DOZEN CHILDREN. IN HIS EARLY NINETIES, WHEN I FIRST GOT THERE [TO WATERTON] WE’D GO GROCERY SHOPPING. I’D HAVE TO WAIT WHILE HE STOPPED AND CHATTED WITH ALL THE CHILDREN HE’D COME ACROSS. HE SHOULD HAVE HAD LOTS OF KIDS. HE JUST LOVED KIDS AND I WAS A LITTLE KID… I WAS THERE FROM PRACTICALLY BIRTH AND LIVED MONTHS AT A TIME WITH HIM… HE COULD AFFORD TO LOOK AFTER THE COMMUNITY AS WELL… HE GAVE GENEROUSLY TO [COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS]. HE GAVE TO THE MILK RIVER HOSPITAL. HE DONATED $200,000 FOR THE HOCKEY GIRLS’ RESIDENCE. THEY HAD NO MONEY AND THAT’S WHY WE NOW HAVE A HOCKEY GIRLS’ RESIDENCE THAT HAS A HUGE KITCHEN AND HOUSES UP TO 25 GIRLS, AND KEEPS OUR WARNER SCHOOL OPEN. SO THAT IS A VERY BIG GIFT, HIS DONATIONS. THEY ALSO STARTED A MEISSER SCHOLARSHIP IN 1967 AND TWO WEEKS AGO I WENT OUT AND GAVE THE TROPHY AND THE MONEY TO THE LAST GIRL THAT WON IT. AND IT WILL GO ON INDEFINITELY AS LONG AS THERE’S A SCHOOL…HE WAS VERY SUPPORTIVE OF CHILDREN AND EDUCATION. THE SCHOLARSHIP, THE HOCKEY GIRLS, KEEPING THE WARNER SCHOOL OPEN - BIG FOCUS FOR HIM – WAS EDUCATION AND CHILDREN… HE WAS ONE OF THOSE KIND OF PRACTICALLY ANONYMOUS DONORS IN THE PAST. HOWEVER, AS HE GOT A LITTLE OLDER, I THINK HE ENJOYED THE ATTENTION. THEY MADE A BIG DEAL ABOUT THE HOCKEY SCHOOL. THE RESIDENCE HAS GOT, HUGE, IT HAS HIS NAME ON IT BUT I DON’T THINK HE SAW THAT. AND THEY HAD HIM RIDE IN THE PARADE ONE YEAR, THE COMMUNITY RECOGNIZED HIM AS MUCH AS HE’D LET THEM RECOGNIZE HIM.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR A FULL TRANSCIPT OF THE INTERVIEW, WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION ON THE MEISSER FAMILY BY JUDY WRIGHT AND ROME MEISSER, OBITUARIES AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF FAMILY MEMBERS, AND FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT EACH ARTIFACT COMPRISING THE DONATION.
Catalogue Number
P20130004006
Acquisition Date
2013-03
Collection
Museum
Images
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MISSILE, SURFACE-TO-AIR

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Other Name
JAVELIN TRAINER SET
Date Range From
1992
Date Range To
2005
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20060013000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
JAVELIN TRAINER SET
Date Range From
1992
Date Range To
2005
Materials
METAL, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
15
Height
245.0
Length
141.0
Width
128.0
Description
A. TARGET SELECTION UNIT. ARMY GREEN BOX, STENCILED YELLOW TEXT ON SIDE OF BOX READS, “PART OF SET NO. 24 (S15).” HANDLES ON EITHER SIDE OF BOX. BOX OPENS AND LID DETACHES. HEIGHT , LENGTH ,WIDTH . 1. BOX. UPPER FACE OF TARGET SELECTION UNIT HAS NUMEROUS KNOBS AND BUTTONS. LCD SCREEN ON UPPER RIGHT OF FACE WHERE DATA OUTPUTS GIVEN. BLACK METAL PLATE ON UPPER LEFT OF FACE READS, “SHORT, TARGET SELECTION UNIT S/A, N.S.NO. 6920-99-722-2100, SER. NO. 302416, YR 1995, WT 16.3KGS.” 7 METAL CAPPED CONNECTOR BASES ALONG BOTTOM. HEIGHT 33.0, LENGTH 42.7, WIDTH 31.5. 2. LID. TOP INNER SURFACE OF LID IS A FLAP. THREE COLUMNS OF LIVE TERMINALS ON FLAP. TWO WING NUTS ON UPPER SECTION RELEASE LOCKING MECHANISM, AND FLAP OPENS TO REVEAL FIVE STORED CABLE ASSAYS. HEIGHT 15.0, LENGTH 42.7, WIDTH 31.5. 3. CABLE BLACK CABLE WITH ELECTRICAL CONNECTORS ON BOTH ENDS. ONE END CONNECTED TO UNDERSIDE OF AIMING UNIT, WHITE TAG NEAR THIS END READS, “ AIMING UNIT. OTHER END CONNECTED INTO “LAUNCHER” TERMINAL OF TARGET SELECTION UNIT, WHITE TAG NEAR THIS END READS, “TARGET SELECTION UNIT. MIDWAY ALONG CABLE IS ATTACHED CARABINNER AND WHITE TAG READING, “S8-81-948XAA, NSNO 6920-99-742-8839. LENGTH 462, DIAMETER 4.5. 4. CABLE. BLACK SUPPLY CABLE WITH ELECTRICAL CONNECTORS ON EITHER END. PINK TAPE WRAPPED AROUND CABLE NEAR BOTH END. BOTH ENDS HAVE METAL CAP WITH CHAINS THAT ATTACH TO THE CABLE. LENGTH 460.5, DIAMETER 3.7 5. BATTERY CABLE. BLACK CABLE WITH ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR AT ONE END AND THREE BLADE CONNECTORS AT OTHER END. ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAS METAL LID ATTACHED TO CABLE VIA CHAIN, AND TWO YELLOWED WHITE TAGS TAPED NEAR END, ONE READS, “6920-99-630-0640,” AND THE OTHER READS, “SHB 891.” THREE BLADE CONNECTORS AT OTHER END WITH COLOURED TAPE WRAPPED AROUND CORDS, COLOURS BLACK, GREEN, AND RED. ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR ATTACHES TO BATTERY LINK CABLE. LENGTH 93, DIAMETER 3.7. 6. BATTERY LINK CABLE. BLACK CABLE WITH ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR AT EACH END. PINK TAPE WRAPPED AROUND CABLE NEAR BOTH ENDS AND IN MIDDLE. TWO METAL CAPS ON CHAINS ATTACHED TO CABLE VIA RINGS, WHICH ARE ALLOWED TO MOVE FREELY ALONG LENGTH OF CABLE. ONE END OF BATTER LINK CONNECTED TO 24V OUTPUT OF TARGET SELECTION UNIT. OTHER END CONNECTED TO BATTERY CABLE. LENGTH 138.2, DIAMETER 2.7. 7. CABLE. BLACK CABLE WITH ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR AT ONE END AND FOUR ELECTRICAL CONNECTORS AT OTHER END. CABLE RUNS FROM TARGET SELECTION UNIT TO SCOPE. WHITE TAG NEAR SINGLE ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR END READS, “TARGET SELECTION UNIT,” AND TAG FURTHER DOWN CABLE READS, “DSD 0054, 58-81-1110XABXC.” METAL CAP ON CHAIN ATTACHED TO CABLE VIA RING, WHICH IS ALLOWED TO MOVE FREELY ALONG LENGTH OF CABLE. CABLE BRANCHES AT OTHER END INTO TWO ONE-PIN PLUG CONNECTORS, ONE LABELED, “Y INPUT,” AND THE OTHER LABELED, “X INPUT.” TWO PINK WIRES EMERGE FROM BRANCHING POINT, ENDING IN RED AND BLACK ELECTRICAL CONNECTORS LABELED, “BRIGHTNESS,” AND, “GROUND,” RESPECTIVELY. LENGTH 172.5, DIAMETER 2.7. 8. CABLE BLACK, YELLOW AND RED CABLE WITH BLADE CONNECTORS ON EITHER END. UNKNOWN WHERE CABLE WAS USED. WHITE TAG ON MIDDLE OF CABLE READS, “6920-99-630-0641.” LENGTH 37.8, DIAMETER 2.6. 9. ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR CONNECTOR HAS BEEN SEVERED FROM ITS CABLE. BLUE PLASTIC WIRE SHEATH EVIDENT ON ONE END, OTHER END IS FEMALE WITH THREE SLOTS LABELLED A, B, AND C. UNKNOWN HOW THIS ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR WAS USED. LENGTH 3.7, DIAMETER 2.4. B. AIMING UNIT. COMPRISED OF TWO MAIN PARTS, THE OPTICAL-HEAD (UPPER COMPONENT) AND CONTROL UNIT (LOWER COMPONENT). BOTH PARTS ARMY GREEN AND ROUGHLY BOX-SHAPED. SEMICIRCULAR CUTAWAY ON CONTROL UNIT WHICH ALLOWS AIMING UNIT TO REST ON MISSILE FIRING TUBE. FRONT SIDE OF AIMING UNIT WITH LENS COVERED WITH RED TAPE. SIDE HAS STENCILED YELLOW AND HANDWRITTEN BLACK TEXT READING, “5, PART OF SET NO. 5.” BACK OF AIMING UNIT HAS MONOCULAR WITH EYE SHIELD, LENS WITH BLACK CAP SET AT 45 DEGREE ANGLE TO UNIT, AND ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR ON UNDERSIDE. BLACK METAL PLATE ADJACENT TO MONOCULAR READS, “N.S.NO 6920-99-775-4291, SERIAL NO. AVL/186, YEAR 1983.WHEN FACING REAR OF CONTROL UNIT, TRIGGER AT BOTTOM RIGHT SIDE. HEIGHT 40.5, LENGTH 31.5, WIDTH 25.5. C. MISSILE FIRING TUBE. TWO ARMY-GREEN TUBES OF DIFFERING DIAMETERS FUSED TOGETHER AT ENDS. ON TUBE WITH SMALLER DIAMETER, END IS CLOSED, WHITE STENCILED TEXT ALONG LENGTH READS, “TRAINER,” AND TWO YELLOW BANDS ALONG CIRCUMFERENCE. ON TUBE WITH LARGER DIAMETER, END HAS FIBERGLASS CAP, BLUE-GREEN STENCIL READS “2,” THREE YELLOW BANDS ALONG CIRCUMFERENCE, AND BLACK METAL PLATE THAT READS, “SHORTS, CANISTER TRAINER (S15), N.S.NO 6920-99-733-2801, SERIAL NO 300109, YR 1991, WEIGHT 2.5 KGS.” ON UNDERSIDE OF TUBE IS PLACE FOR CARABINEER TO ATTACH. LENGTH 140., DIAMETER 19.7. D. WEIGHT DROPPING MECHANISM. ARMY GREEN METAL TUBE WITH YELLOW STENCILED TEXT ALONG LENGTH READING, “WEIGHT DROPPING MECHANISM, NATO STOCKING NO 6920-99-770-9250.” AT BOTTOM OF CANISTER IS SQUARE PLATE BY WHICH IT IS MOUNTED UPRIGHT ON BASE SUB-ASSEMBLY. AT TOP OF CANISTER IS METAL BOX-LIKE APPARATUS WHICH HOUSES PULLEY. ROPE ATTACHED TO PULLEY, EITHER END OF ROPE WITH CARABINEER. ONE CARABINEER ATTACHES TO BASE OF METAL BOX, THE OTHER ATTACHES TO BASE OF MISSILE FIRING TUBE. HOLLOW TUBE ADJACENT TO METAL BOX ALLOWS FOR DAVIT SUB-ASSEMBLY UNIT TO ATTACH. HEIGHT 127.8, LENGTH 22.0, WIDTH 16.8. E. BASE SUB-ASSEMBLY. ARMY-GREEN METAL SUPPORT, SHAPED LIKE LETTER, “A” WITH TWO CROSSBARS. ADJUSTABLE FEET AT THREE CORNERS. YELLOW STENCILED TEXT ON CROSS BAR READS, “BASE SUB-ASSEMBLY, N.S.NO 6920-99-765-8347.” BLACK METAL PLATE ON BOTTOM OF EACH LEG OF “A”. ONE PLATE READS, “SHORTS, LAUNCH EFFECTS UNIT TRAINER N.S.NO 6920-99-661-6058, SER NO 302009, YR 1992, WT 65.5 KGS,” OTHER PLATE READS, “LAUNCH EFFECT UNIT TRAINER JAVELIN S15…DND CANADA MDN.” PAPER ADDRESS LABEL NEAR TOP OF “A.” IN BETWEEN CROSS BARS OF BASE SUB-ASSEMBLY IS PLATE WHERE WEIGHT DROPPING MECHANISM AFFIXES. HEIGHT 30.0, LENGTH 117.0, WIDTH 110.0. F. 1. DAVIT SUB ASSEMBLY. ARMY-GREEN METAL “L” SHAPED ROD. YELLOW STENCILED TEXT ALONG LENGTH OF ROD READS, “DAVIT SUB ASSEMBLY, N.S.NO 6920-9?-765-8346.” LONGER END OF ROD WITH BAND OF RED TAPE, UNPAINTED METAL SECTION INSERTS INTO HOLLOW TUBE OF WEIGHT DROPPING MECHANISM. SHORTER END OF ROD HAS PLACE FOR SPRING TO ATTACH. LENGTH 119.0, WIDTH 64.5. 2. SPRING WITH HOOK AT ONE END, CONNECTED TO ROPE SHEATHED IN PLASTIC AT OTHER END. AT END OF ROPE IS CARABINEER, WHICH ATTACHES TO TOP OF OPTICAL HEAD OF AIMING UNIT TRAINER. LENGTH 84.0, WIDTH 6.5. G. OSCILLOSCOPE. BEIGE BOX, HANDLE AND TORN WHITE LABEL ON TOP, LABEL WITH BLACK TEXT THAT READS, “LET.” MAIN FACE OF BOX WITH NUMEROUS SWITCHES, KNOBS AND BUTTONS. SCREEN IN UPPER LEFT. ABOVE SCREEN TEXT READS, “KIKUSUI 20 MHZ OSCILLOSCOPE COS 5020 TM.” ON LOWER CENTER OF FACE ARE TWO KNOBS WITH YELLOW BUTTONS ON TIPS, BUTTONS READ, “VAR.” SIDE OPPOSITE MAIN FACE WITH SEVERAL ELECTRICAL INPUTS AND THREE LABELS, COLOURS BLUE, WHITE, AND SILVER. SMALL METAL PLATE ON LOWER RIGHT READS, “11017019.” HEIGHT 21.5, LENGTH 42.5, WIDTH 21.5.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-AMMUNITION
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
ON 28 NOVEMBER 2008, THE DISPOSAL, SALES, ARTIFACTS AND LOANS BRANCH OF THE DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENSE ENTERED INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE GALT MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES TO DONATE ONE JAVELIN TRAINER MISSILE SET (PART TASK TRAINER) AND SUPPORTIVE EQUIPMENT. PHYSICAL POSSESSION OF THE TRAINER, PRE-AGREEMENT, WAS GAINED ON 10 AUGUST 2006. THE REQUEST TO OBTAIN THE LETHBRIDGE-SPECIFIC TRAINER BEGAN WITH A LETTER TO THE 18TH AIR DEFENSE (18AD) REGIMENT’S COMMANDING OFFICER MAJOR LESSARD ON 31 MAY 2005. AT THE TIME, KEVIN MACLEAN, THE GALT’S COLLECTIONS TECH AND FORMER MEMBER OF 18AD, KNEW THAT THE LETHBRIDGE-BASED EQUIPMENT WAS DEEMED OBSOLETE AND WAS LISTED FOR GENERAL STORES’ RETURN AND DISPOSITION. HE, THEREFORE, REQUESTED SOME SAMPLE JAVELIN EQUIPMENT FOR DONATION IN ORDER THAT THE LOCALLY-USED WEAPON WOULD BE AVAILABLE IN LETHBRIDGE IN PERPETUITY. IT TOOK THREE AND A HALF YEARS BEFORE THE TRANSFER WAS GRANTED FINAL APPROVAL BY THE ASSISTANT DEPUTY MINISTER MATERIALS (GOVERNMENT OF CANADA). THE JAVELIN MISSILE SYSTEM WAS ORIGINALLY PURCHASED BY THE CANADIAN FORCES IN 1991 AS PART OF AN IMMEDIATE OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENT TO PROTECT CANADIAN NAVY SHIPS IN THE PERSIAN GULF AGAINST ATTACK FROM IRAQI AIRCRAFT. AT THE SAME TIME, WORLD EVENTS LED THE CF TO SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE ITS REGULAR FORCE MANPOWER. THE ARMY, CONSEQUENTLY, FOUND IT HAD AN OVER ABUNDANCE OF JAVELIN WEAPONS AND A SHORTAGE OF GUNNERS TO USE THEM. ‘TOTAL FORCE’ WAS THE CANADIAN ARMY’S SOLUTION TO THE MANPOWER SHORTAGE. IT PROPOSED THE INTEGRATION OF THE REGULAR FORCE AND RESERVIST SOLDIERS AT RE-ROLLED AIR DEFENCE ARTILLERY UNITS, THUS, PROVIDING ADDITIONAL SOLDIERS (RESERVISTS) TO OPERATE THE JAVELIN. LETHBRIDGE 20TH INDEPENDENT FIELD BATTERY, RCA WAS SELECTED AS ONE OF THREE NATIONAL SITES TO IMPLEMENT THE CONCEPT. CONSEQUENTLY, THE BATTERY’S REGULAR FORCE REPRESENTATION INCREASED FROM 4 TO 42 SOLDIERS AND THE UNIT’S 105 HOWITZERS WERE REPLACED WITH THE JAVELIN ANTI-AIRCRAFT SYSTEM. THE 20TH BATTERY TOOK DELIVERY OF ITS FIRST JAVELIN-RELATED EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING THE TRAINER, IN THE FALL OF 1992 IN ADVANCE OF THE BATTERY’S RE-ROLLING. ON 10 NOVEMBER 1992, THE UNIT WAS RE-NAMED THE 18TH AIR DEFENCE REGIMENT AND TASKED WITH THE JOB OF VERY LOW-LEVEL AIR DEFENSE (VLLAD). ON 15 MAY 1993, THE REGIMENT’S NEW MANDATE WAS OFFICIALLY AND PUBLICLY RECOGNIZED AT A CEREMONY HELD IN THE CITY’S GALT GARDENS. THE LASER-GUIDED S-15 JAVELIN WAS A VERY SHORT-RANGE, AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY MISSILE SYSTEM (VSHORAD) EMPLOYED TO COUNTER HOSTILE AIRCRAFT (HELICOPTERS OR FIXED WING) AT LOW ALTITUDES. IT WAS “MAN-PORTABLE”, FIRED FROM EITHER THE SHOULDER OR FROM A MOUNTED LIGHTWEIGHT MULTIPLE LAUNCHER (LML) WHICH CONTAINED THREE MISSILES, HAD A RANGE OF 5.5KM AND WAS CAPABLE OF SPEEDS OF MACH 1.7 AND AN ALTITUDE OF 1 KM. A JAVELIN DETACHMENT INCLUDED A CREW OF THREE (3) PERSONNEL. THE JAVELIN TRAINER MISSILE SET ALLOWED FOR THE INDIVIDUAL TRAINING OF GUNNERS BEFORE THEY PROCEEDED TO AN ACTUAL LIVE MISSILE FIRING. ANNUAL LIVE FIRINGS (KNOWN AS EXERCISE BLAZING ARCHER) OF THE JAVELIN BY SOLDIERS OF THE 18AD WERE CONDUCTED PRIMARILY AT CANADIAN FORCES BASE SUFFIELD. THE COST OF THE MISSILES WAS EXPENSIVE AND A LIMITED SUPPLY OF MISSILES MEANT THAT THE GUNNERS COULD ONLY FIRE A COUPLE PER YEAR. ACCORDING TO GLEN MILLER, RETIRED WARRANT OFFICER AT THE 18AD, A GUNNER WAS ALLOWED TO FIRE A LIVE MISSILE ONLY AFTER HE/SHE COMPLETED A MINIMUM 1200 SIMULATED ENGAGEMENTS ON THE TRAINER. ADDITIONALLY, THE GUNNERS HAD TO ACHIEVE A MINIMAL SCORE BASED ON 100 SIMULATED DIFFERENT ENGAGEMENTS KNOWN AS THE 10 SET FINAL. FINALLY, AS PART OF THEIR APPROVAL TO FIRE A LIVE MISSILE, GUNNERS WERE REQUIRED TO PASS AN AIRCRAFT RECOGNITION TEST. FOUR TRAINERS WERE IN USE AT THE 18AD AND, ACCORDING TO MILLER, ANY ONE OF THEM COULD BE USED IN A “CLASS SETTING OR IN THE FIELD WITH LIVE AIRCRAFT”. UPON FULFILLMENT OF THE EXERCISE, SOLDIERS RECEIVED THEIR ANNUAL JAVELIN COMPETENCY CERTIFICATION. THE TRAINER, COMMENTED MILLER IN 2008, SAW VERY LITTLE IMPROVEMENT IN TECHNOLOGY OVER ITS LIFE AT 18AD. IT “LACKED THE DYNAMIC INTERFACE OF ANY SENSE OF REALISM. IT ONLY PROVIDED TRAINING TO THE OPERATOR OF THE MISSILE. MOST GUNNERS OF TODAY FOUND MORE COMPLEX GAMES ON THEIR XBOX AT HOME. THIS SYSTEM USED AN OVAL TO REPRESENT A TARGET WITH A SINGLE LINE THROUGH IT TO INDICATE A FIXED WING OR A LINE ON TOP OF THE CIRCLE FOR A HELICOPTER.” FURTHER, HE SAID, “WHENEVER A TRAINER WAS SENT FOR REPAIR, IT WAS SEVERAL MONTHS PLUS, TO GET IT WORKING.” SHORTFALLS IDENTIFIED WITH THE TRAINER LED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF A CANADIAN-BUILT JAVELIN SIMULATOR. THE SIMULATORS WERE INSTALLED AT FOUR LOCATIONS IN THE LATE 1990S: THE CANADIAN FORCES’ ARTILLERY SCHOOL AT CFB CHATAM, NEW BRUNSWICK; 18AD; QUEBEC CITY; AND PEMBROKE, ONT. THE NEW SIMULATOR ALLOWED FOR THE TESTING OF ALL MEMBERS OF THE DETACHMENT. IT ADDITIONALLY HAD THE CAPACITY TO RECORD DATA AND VIDEO OF THE DETACHMENT FOR PLAY BACK. IN THE EARLY 2000S, A NEW INITIATIVE BEGAN TO MOUNT THE JAVELIN ON RE-ROLLED 6X6 ARMOURED VEHICLES (GRIZZLY) IN ORDER TO PROVIDE CLOSE-IN ANTI-AIRCRAFT SUPPORT WHILE “ON THE FLY”. THIS “WLAV LIFE EXTENSION PROJECT” CALLED FOR 23 JAVELIN-EQUIPPED GRIZZLY CONVERSIONS DUBBED ‘WOLVERINE’. THE PROTOTYPE WAS TRIALED BY 18AD REGIMENT FROM FEBRUARY TO APRIL 2002 AND WAS “HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL”, BUT WAS DERAILED FOR REASONS WHICH MAY HAVE INCLUDED A SHORTAGE OF GRIZZLY VEHICLES. THE CF WITHDREW THE JAVELIN MISSILE FROM ITS INVENTORY IN 2004. NO ALTERNATE MISSILE SYSTEM WAS SECURED TO REPLACE THE S-15 JAVELIN AND THE CF’S VSHORAD ROLE WAS ABANDONED. CONSEQUENTLY, JAVELIN UNITS, SUCH AS 18AD, WERE REASSIGNED TO OTHER TASKS. ON OR AROUND 12 MARCH, 2005 THE 18TH AD REGIMENT ENGAGED IN EXERCISE BLAZING ARCHER AT CFB SUFFIELD FOR THE VERY LAST TIME, FIRING 73 JAVELIN MISSILES. ON 14 APRIL 2005, THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD PUBLISHED NEWS OF THE REGIMENT’S CHANGES, RESULTING FROM THE LACK OF A SUCCESSOR TO THE S-15 JAVELIN. CAPTAIN MIKE DUGUAY NOTED IN THE ARTICLE THAT, “(THE REGIMENT) WILL BE LOSING THE AIR DEFENCE ROLE AND MOVING TO SOMETHING MORE RELEVANT.” CONSEQUENTLY, “A LARGE NUMBER OF REGULAR FORCE PEOPLE HERE (NUMBERING 38 ALL RANKS IN LETHBRIDGE) WILL BE DEPARTING ON POSTINGS ALL ACROSS CANADA”. THE MOVE, SAID DUGUAY, WAS DUE TO THERE BEING “NO AIR THREAT ANY LONGER… SO THE NEED FOR AIR DEFENCE IS BEING SEEN AS A LUXURY THAT CAN BE DISCARDED.” THE POST-JAVELIN ERA HERALDED THE REGIMENT’S RETURN TO ITS RESERVIST, FIELD ARTILLERY ORIGINS, FOUNDED BY BRIGADIER GENERAL J.S. STEWART IN 1908. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE PERMANENT FILE AND REFERENCE MATERIAL: PARTS LIST, STARBURST TRAINER SET, GUIDED MISSILE SYSTEM (WHITE BINDER ON BOOKSHELF).
Catalogue Number
P20060013000
Acquisition Date
2007-08
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
WATER SPRINKLER
Date Range From
1971
Date Range To
2006
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL
Catalogue Number
P20060032014
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
WATER SPRINKLER
Date Range From
1971
Date Range To
2006
Materials
STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
16
Length
18
Width
10
Description
SPRINKLER WITH PALE GREEN PAINT THAT IS CHIPPED AWAY IN MOST AREAS. WEAR IS EVIDENT ACROSS BODY. SPRINKLER NOZZLE OPERATES WITHIN HEART SHAPED FRAME. UNDERNEATH BASE IS EMBOSSED "MADE IN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA".
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AGRICULTURAL T&E
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
History
ACCORDING TO DONOR TREVOR BENNET AT TIME OF DONATION, HE RECIEVED THE SPRINKLER IN JUNE OF 1971. APPARENTLY, HE DROVE PAST FLEETWOOD SCHOOL AFTER CLASSES HAD BEEN LET OUT. HE NOTICED THAT MATERIALS WERE BEING REMOVED FROM THE PREMISES. BENNET SAID, "I RECALL WALKING UP TO THE CARETAKER AND ASKING FOR A LAWN SPRINKLER TO REMEMBER MY SCHOOL FROM. I HAD ATTENDED FLEETWOOD FROM 1956-1960, GRADES 3-6. THE SPRINKLER WAS HANDED TO ME AND I WENT ON MY WAY." THE SPRINKLER FORMED PART OF A 100 PIECE COLLECTION. ACCORDING TO BENNET, HIS INTEREST IN COLLECTING SPRINKLERS DEVELOPED WHEN HE "TOOK A PUBLIC SPEAKING COURSE AT UNIVERSITY ONE SUMMER. WE DREW LOTS AND I WAS THE LAST TO SPEAK. I KNEW THAT I NEEDED A UNIQUE TOPIC. FOR INSPIRATION I WENT TO GARAGE SALES ONE SATURDY MORNING. I WAS IMPRESSED BY THE NOVELTY OF METAL SPRINKLERS I SAW - WENT TO THE BANK AND WITHDREW $100. I PURCHASED AS MANY DIFFERENT SPRINKLERS AS I COULD FIND. I RESEARCHED MY TOPIC - 'WATERING YOUR LAWN: PROS AND CONS.' MY TOPIC WENT OVER WELL WITH THE CLASS." SINCE THEN, THE DONOR HAS CONTINUED TO COLLECT SPRINKLERS. HE SAID "THE GLENBOW HAS TWENTY FIVE OF MY SPRINKLERS - WHICH I BELIEVE IS THE LARGEST MUSEUM COLLECTION IN CANADA."
Catalogue Number
P20060032014
Acquisition Date
2006-10
Collection
Museum
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