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Lunenburg Carriage

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This is the horse-drawn tourist carriage that I took as part of my research in Lunenburg.  It’s one of the first things William notices when he first arrives in town at the beginning of The Phantom’s Gold.

I first got hooked on horses when my wife and I learned how to ride in Ireland. These are draught horses, built for hauling and not for riding. Note the large cannon buried at the corner. This was done decades ago by home owners who were tired of horse-drawn carriages swinging out of control while hauling heavy cargoes along icy roads and that invariably damaged the house.

I think that the mere sight of that cannon gave drivers pause. Cart 0, cannon 10.