Halifax is well known for the Citadel, nearby Peggy’s Cove and the Keith’s Brewery. But it’s the history of the Titanic and it’s relation to Halifax that made me choose the Titanic: The Halifax Connection tour. A stop was made at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery where you could see the tombs of 121 victims of the infamous day. A couple of tombs have slightly more worn out grass; one being the tomb of the unknown child, the other label ‘J. Dawson’. Having seen the movie, I was curious to see if the story matched!
Also included in the tour was a visit to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. It houses the only intact wooden deck chair pulled from the wreckage. A replica allows you to sit and take a photo as though you were a guest of the ocean liner.
All the more interesting were the other exhibits, especially the one depicting the tragic explosion that took place in the harbour. Oddly enough, it is a rather unknown event to Halifax tourists yet claimed more lives than the Titanic.
Next year is the 100 year anniversary of the fateful day. Hope my travels bring me back to Halifax to witness the commemorative events!
Ben is the assistant shore excursion manager on Eurodam.
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