We loved our Halifax berth at the Maritime Museum, right downtown within walking distance of the city’s many attractions. One of the most memorable exhibits at the museum covers the 1917 Halifax Explosion, the largest man-made detonation prior to the development of nuclear weapons. On December 6th, 1917 the explosives-laden SS Mont-Blanc collided with the SS Imo in the Narrows that connect Halifax Harbour with Bedford Basin to the north. A fire started on board the Mont-Blanc and ignited the cargo. The ensuing explosion obliterated all buildings within a half-mile radius. 2,000 people were killed and another 9,000 were injured. Pictured above are fragments from the Mont-Blanc, which were scattered for miles.
Trip highlights from September 14th and 15th, 2016 in Halifax, Nova Scotia follow. Click any image for a larger view, or click the position to view the location on a map. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at http://mvdirona.com/maps
Position: -63 34.47, 44 38.89
After dinner we walked around town a bit and spent a good half hour watching this power shovel digging up the road. We were amazed at how quickly the driver was able to tear out huge chunks of the pavement and with incredible accuracy. Within fifteen minutes he had removed a strip the width of the road.
Nova Scotia resident Gary has been following our travels since Australia at least and stopped by to say hello during his work day.
After lunch we visited the excellent Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. This is the museum greeter, Merlin the parrot.
A giant first-order Fresnel lens from the Sambro light house southwest of Halifax Harbour.
The museum has a model ship workshop and an impressive collection of models on display. We found it interesting that this ship had both active stabilizers and what looked like a flopper-stopper pole.
Position: -63 34.26, 44 38.86
This placard in the museum tracks all the Atlantic hurricanes this year. Our approach to hurricane-avoidance has been to not be anywhere that has named storms during that area’s hurricane or cyclone season. But you pretty much can’t avoid it on the east coast of North America. The entire area sees hurricanes from the Caribbean up to at least Newfoundland. On September 29, 2003 Hurricane Juan hit Halifax with winds gusting to 110mph. The tidal surge sent large pieces of the boardwalk ashore and the HMCS Sackville broke loose and destroyed the vessel Lucina, moored where we are right now. Yikes! September 29th is only two weeks from when we were there.
Position: -63 34.25, 44 38.84
We loved this photo in the museum’s Arctic exhibit of a polar bear climbing down a sheer cliff to hunt for bird eggs.
Position: -63 34.22, 44 38.85
On December 6th, 1917 the explosives-laden SS Mont-Blanc collided with the SS Imo in the Narrows that connect Halifax Harbour with Bedford Basin to the north. A fire started on board the Mont-Blanc and ignited the cargo, generating the largest man-made explosion prior to the development of nuclear weapons. All buildings within a half-mile radius were obliterated, 2,000 people were killed and another 9,000 were injured. Pictures are fragments from the Mont-Blanc, which were scattered for miles.
Position: -63 34.18, 44 38.87
The CSS Acadia is the first ship built specifically to survey Canada’s northern waters. She was launched in 1913 and is the only surviving ship to serve Canada during both World Wars. The ship was retired in 1969 and became part of the museum’s collection in 1982. the steel-hulled boat is beautifully built, with extensive woodwork throughout.
Position: -63 34.19, 44 38.88
Halifax is a major cruise ship port. Last year 141 cruise ships brought 22,309 passengers to the city. We could see two of the three in port today from the deck of the Acadia.
Position: -63 34.19, 44 38.88
Theodore Too, Dirona and the HMCS Sackville viewed from the deck of the Acadia.
Position: -63 34.28, 44 38.86
The museum display included the intact store W. M. Roberston and Sons in its original location with inventory it carried in the early 1900s. These beautiful blocks caught our attention on the street from outside the museum.
Position: -63 34.07, 44 38.72
From the museum we walked the harbor front boardwalk to the cruise ship terminal to see if we could get a good vantage for the ships leaving. Jennifer tried out the hammocks along the way.
Position: -63 33.97, 44 38.47
Now that’s a shore power cord. One of the cruise ships had already left by the time we arrived and this is its shore power cord. We have a Glendinning to power our shore power cord in, whereas the cruise ships use a forklift.
Position: -63 33.98, 44 38.40
Halifax is very bicycle friendly. This is a bicycle repair station, complete with air, tools and a support for the bike while working on it.
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