Coal: Unloading Coal at Paoli’s Wharf, 1928

Unloading Coal, Paoli's Wharf, c 1928 Photo courtesy of the David MacNevin Collection, City of Charlottetown Archives

Unloading Coal, Paoli’s Wharf, c 1928
Photo courtesy of the David MacNevin Collection, City of Charlottetown Archives

For a time, coal was used to heat the homes of the wealthier Charlottetown residents – while those with fewer means relied on wood fires. Coal would catch on as one of the preferred methods of home heating in most households and remained as a chief heat source until the 1960s, when many made the switch from wood and coal, to oil heat. Coal was also used to fire the steam powered railway, steamboats and provided electricity until other fossil fuels, such as diesel and oil took over.

 

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