Billy Bishop Home and Museum
I confess that when I first saw this Victorian house in Owen Sound (on Georgian Bay), I had no idea it was a museum. I wanted to take photos of this place because it looked so interesting with...
Atop the house
a shuttered cupola for a third floor.
Below the cupola
And this lovely dormer on the second floor.
It was only after I had taken a few photos that I noticed the sign that said the house was "the birthplace and childhood home of Billy Bishop, the legendary flying ace who won renown with the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force in the First World War."
Porch on the first floor
Truth be told, my knowledge of First World War flying aces was/is sparse, which is not surprising since I distinctly remember a high school history teacher saying she didn't think airplanes were used in that war. (She hadn't yet heard of Snoopy and the Red Baron, I guess.)
Windows to right of porch
But I digress. The sign made Billy Bishop sound like the Canadian equivalent of the Red Baron, having shot down 72 enemy planes which earned him the Victoria Cross.
Bishop must have been quite the daredevil - fearless. There's a story about him at age 15 that claims he built a plane out of wooden crates, cardboard and string and flew off the roof of his house. Apparently he was not injured. Lucky, eh?
Stained glass to right of windows shown above
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