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Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Resurgo - Zombie Ship Captain

Moncton's "100 Monument" depicts a ship rising from the depths, with the town's first mayor, shipbuilder Joey Salter, standing on the bow. The 80-ft. long sculpture was created by artist Claude Roussel in 1990. The town's motto of "Resurgo" translates to "I rise again."

Main St., Moncton, NB, Canada
Bore Park. Next door to the Rodd Park House Inn at 434 Main Street.
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Resurgo - Zombie Ship Captain

The actual monument says nothing about Resurgo or Zombie Ship Captain -- it is the 100th Anniversary Monument of the city.

[J, 06/20/2012]

Well, yes, if you want to get technical, the town did not specify a zombie ship captain to celebrate their centennial. It just worked out that way.

Resurgo monument.

Resurgo - Doomed Ship Captain

Moncton's tidal bore is not as consistently impressive as it used to be, but it can still be good... I'm guessing that those commenters who saw nothing, saw it during a neap tide (spring tides cause a more impressive reversal.) Also, in winter, watching the river ice break up and float upstream is pretty cool, if you're fool enough to be in Moncton in the winter.

But that's standard tourist stuff. The truly weird attraction in this park is the ironically tragicomic monument to Moncton's past mayors:

The town's motto is Resurgo ("I Rise Again,") which refers either to the Great Moncton Zombie Apocalypse of 1961, or else to its repeated bankruptcies, disincorporations, reincorporations and general post-industrial shitkickings it has endured over the past century and a half.

Assuming the latter is true, this monument is intended to show a ship rising from the depths, with the town's first mayor, shipbuilder Joey Salter, standing on the bow. That's the idea, anyway. But since captains tend not to be on board when ships are raised (zombie captains notwithstanding) it looks to any casual observer like the ship is going down with poor Joey gamely sticking to his post and/or daring someone to shoot him in the head and put him down for good.

[Tim Moerman, 04/19/2012]

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