Hello my name is Ms. Heard. Please join me as I travel to Nova Scotia to study small mammal populations!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Saturday was a day off.  We went to Halifax for a bit of sightseeing.  At the Maritime Museum I learned a lot about Halifax's strong maritime and naval history. 

What the Maritime Museum considers the two most fun facts: 
Halifax was the port to which the rescuers of those on the Titanic came.  Therefore, there are three graveyards in Halifax with Titanic passengers and crew in them.  They were buried according to religion:  Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish.

Halifax was the sight of the largest civilian casualty in North America in the 20th century: the Halifax Explosion.  On December 6, 1917, a ship full of explosives collided with another ship in the harbor and then ran aground in the midst of the shipyard.  It then exploded, destroying an entire neighborhood of Halifax.

What I consider the most fun fact:
The colonial governor of New Hampshire, John Wentworth (who had a summer home in my home town) fled during the American Revolution.  He went to Halifax where he became the lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia and built a huge mansion that is now a historical site in the center of town.

In the middle of the city there is a big citadel.  It towers over the waterfront.  Everyday at noon the main cannon is fired.

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