2018 Trip travel blog

Titanic April 15 1912


Provided by the White Star line

Some individual gravestones

3 rows of stones


Child now identified

Layout resembles bow of ship

View of stones

Halifax explosion mass grave

Halifax Explosion

Cunard cruise ship in port

Pier 21 processing center

History of Pier 21

Train to take. Immigrants to interior Canada

Pier 21 now national site

Parrot at Maritime museum

Samuel Cunard from Halifax

Bluenose 2 and Acadia

Sailing ship in harbor

Bluenose 2

Halifax is a ways from the campground but on a freeway so not too bad, we went over a toll bridge and thankfully had a Looney for it. First we found the Titanic cemetery for Protestants. Other bodies were buried in the other Catholic and Jewish cemeteries in town. We walked past 121 stones in the Fairview cemetery. A small child has just recently been identified, but many victims are just numbered as their names are unknown. This is a stop for tour buses and there were lots of people there. We spoke to a woman who manages the cemetery and she says those buses come in even when they have a burial. We did go to the other side to see the Halifax explosion mass grave. I wish that I had taken a photo of the Chinese section with Chinese characters on the headstones, something we had never seen before.

We then drove to Pier 21, which was Canada's Ellis Island for immigrant processing until 1971. There were over 1 1/2 million immigrants processed here. Sveral of the buildings have been saved as this was a very large facility. The immigrants would unload from ships in the harbor where a cruise ship was docked, then were processed in various rooms and many loaded onto trains - the railroad line is still there. They have a mock up of the waiting room, ship cabins, railroad cars, etc. This tour leader was very informative. There was a garbage can to represent what food items the immigrants brought in had to be discarded there. Then there was a store counter showing the items they were able to purchase for food. Another panel showed a locker in which the Dutch would load everything including a kitchen sink for their new home. An interesting fact was most immigrants did not know about corn except as cattle feed and when they were given boxes of cornflakes would empty them onto the floor - thinking the Canadians thought they were no better than cattle.

We happened to be there on a day when the Cunard cruise ship was in port as well as another line too. The gift shop and vendor area was open and we saw many hand made items - this was a better market than the one in Charlottetown.

We visited the Maritime museum, has a good Halifax xplosion exhibit and also info on other ship wrecks in the harbor. Halifax has been a harbor since the early 1700’s and is the second largest in the world. The museum also had information on war time in the harbor and we saw a replica of Bluenose 2 on the wharf. The museum included a movie about the significance of the Bluenose and people were lined up to take a cruise on it. We saw a ferry that goes across to Dartmouth harbor that would have been fun had it not been overcast and starting to rain. The town is very busy and parking would be difficult. Once we were over the bridge traffic moved and no problem getting back to the campground.

We stayed at Eagle the next day - rain and overcast and cooler - good day to veg.

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