17 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW WERE INVENTED IN NEW BRUNSWICK
These inventions might not all sound revolutionary, but perhaps you've never thought of a world without them. I mean, a world without self cleaning toilets, chocolate bars and washing machines? No thanks!
- 1.Self-contained underwater apparatus, AKA Scuba tankn 1839, Saint John residents James Elliott and Alexander McAvity were granted the patent to a “self-contained underwater apparatus.” Now known as the modern scuba tank, an oxygen tank strapped to a diver’s back, it has helped lead divers to many beautiful sights and underwater discoveries.
- 2.Clothes washer with roller ringer, AKA Manual clothes washerBefore John E. Turnbull, of Saint John, patented the manual clothes washer on July 10, 1843, women were forced to do much more gruelling housework on the washboard. Turnbull’s invention included wringer rolls on the manually operated machine to more efficiently do a load of laundry.
- 3.Steam-saving apparatus, AKA Steam engineIn 1845, Fredericton man Benjamin E. Tibbets patented a new kind of engine to improve speed in boats that was first used in the steamer, Reindeer.
- 4.Cold water soap, AKA Cold water detergentIn October, 1871, Saint John resident, Andrew J. Stewart, developed the first cold water soap that is now deemed unsafe for use.
- 5.Combined hot and cold water faucetsn 1880, Thomas Campbell of Saint John saved us from burning or freezing our hands by combining the hot and cold water into one faucet and allowing us to wash our hands in whatever temperature desired.
- 6.Separable baggage check tag, AKA Luggage tagohn Mitchell Lyons of Moncton eased the minds of worried travellers when he worked as a railway clerk in 1881 and patented the luggage tag in 1882 that’s still used to this day.
- 7.Inserted saw toothOn May 20, 1895, Saint John resident, Philias Bertrand, revolutionized the sawmill industry when he patented the inserted saw tooth.
- 8.Dump truckRobert T. Mawhinney, of Saint John, made it much easier to get rid of garbage when he patented the dump truck on Aug. 17, 1920. Using a crank, the driver could raise and lower the bed of the truck.
- 9.Variable pitch propellerSaint John aeronautical engineer, Wallace R. Turnbull, patented the variable pitch propeller on Feb. 7, 1922, which he developed during the war while working for Frederick and Company. The propeller allowed for a safe experience no matter what speed the plane travelled. For his accomplishments, he was inducted into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame in 1977.
- 10.The chocolate barThe Ganong brothers were the first to produce individually wrapped chocolate bars, heart shaped boxes of candy, lollipops, and more. We all know Christmas certainly wouldn’t be the same without Ganong’s beloved chicken bones.
- 11.Railway screw snow excavator, AKA Almost a snow blowerIn 1870, Dalhousie man, Robert Carr Harris, made the lives of future Canadians much easier when he invented the precursor to the snow blower.
- 12.Underwater cable ferryReed’s Point engineer, William Pitt, invented the first underwater cable ferry in 1904. The ferry, William Pitt II named in his honour, travels the Kennebecasis River where his own invention travelled.
- 13.McFlurryMcDonald’s franchisee, Ron McLellan, celebrated the 20th anniversary of his invention, the McFlurry, this summer. The very first McFlurry was served in Bathurst!
- 14.Vortex flushing toilet bowlWe don’t want to think where we’d be without Saint John native, Thomas McAvity Stewart’s, 1907 invention of the self-cleansing toilet bowl.
- 15.Long reach ice skate, AKA Speed skatesJames Whelpley, from Westfield, invented a pair of ice skates with a long steel blade in 1859 that allowed a skater to travel a long distance with minimal time and effort. Today, there is a pair of Whelpley Long Reach Speed Skates on display at the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in Fredericton
- 16.Ice cream coneSussex Corner man, Walter Donelly, is the one to thank on a hot summer day that can only be fixed with an ice cream treat. And, of course, he’s the reason his hometown is the dairy capital of Canada.
- 17.Steam foghornIn 1853, a man in foggy Saint John, Robert Foulis, was the first to think of creating a device to prevent ships from crashing into one another on foggy nights – the foghorn. He’s also credited with the coded system that distinguished horn from horn.