Small sailing ships were used extensively for transportation in the 18th and 19th centuries.
There were few roads, few horses and few bridges. Travel was by boat or on foot. In 1766 Michael Francklin, Nova Scotia’s Lieutenant Governor 1766 – 1772 is quoted: “although several paths have been cut to some of the settlements, yet none but that [from Halifax] to Windsor have been so far completed as to admit a carriage, which is as yet in an improper state. Nor is any other passable by horses, without great difficulty on account of the swamps and rivers over which there are no bridges.” The roads are considered “a direction to the foot traveller only.” The St. Croix was the first river to be bridged in 1750. There were a few ferries and travellers mostly forded the rivers at low tide. In 1834 during his school days at Windsor, Daniel, son of Francis Parker, made occasional visits home, when he would usually walk the whole way from Windsor to Petite.