Terry, Doug & Roxie's Canadian Maritime Trip 2013 travel blog

J. Dawson Grave Marker, 227 Titanic Victim Found

Grave Markers of the Titanic Victims

Doug and Terry at the Public Garden Gates

One of the Gardens at the Public Garden

Gazebo Dedicated to Queen Victoria

Pier 21 with Queen Mary 2 Cruise Ship in the Background

We only drove 21 miles today to the next campground. There has been so much rain and so many mosquitoes. The weather is finally turning hot.

This afternoon we had a Grey Line bus pick us up at the campground and take us for a tour of Halifax. The tour guide told of the sinking of the Titanic. The 204 survivors were sent to New York City. There were only 333 bodies recovered. Some had to be buried at sea, 59 bodies were shipped home by rail to their families and the rest were buried in three Halifax cemeteries. Our first stop was the Fairlawn Cemetery where 121 victims of the Titanic are buried. The White Star Line ship company, who was the owner of the Titanic, paid for the plain granite gravestones for each victim. On the marker was the victim's name, if it was known, the date of April 15, 1912, and the identification number. She told interesting stories about some of the victims. One was of a two year old unidentified child that all they had to go by for identification was a pair of shoes. Employees from White Star Line paid for a larger monument identified as the "unknown child". It was just last year at the 100 year memorial that the identity of the child was discovered. Now his name has been added to the stone. On my Roadside America app, the grave site of James Dawson was listed. He was a coal stoker on the Titanic but the belief is that J. Dawson was Leonardo DiCaprio's "Jack Dawson" from the film Titanic.

Our guide told us of the great explosion in 1917 when the two ships collided and the one was carrying over 400,000 pounds of TNT, as I told about on July 1. She showed us where in the harbor it took place and gave some further accounts of the explosion. We saw the Broken Clock on the Town Hall that stopped during this explosion, and has been left at that time as a memorial to the largest man-made non-nuclear explosion ever.

We then went to the Public Gardens that is in the middle of the city of Halifax. As we walked through the gardens, she pointed out special gardens that are replanted each year in honor of a specific organization. We saw the grandstand that was built in 1887 to honor Queen Victoria for her 50 years in reign. Then the fountain that was honoring her 60 years in reign. Very beautiful gardens with a stream running through it, beautiful flowers and trees, and magnificent iron gates.

We went down to the harbor and saw the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship that was in port, and the Pier 21 Museum which is Canada's Ellis Island where the immigrants came in. Halifax Harbour is the second largest harbor of the world and the 6th most important. She showed us some of the streets where the very wealthy live. Also the oldest part of Halifax which was voted the "coolest place to live" because of there being so much to do.

We then went for a backstage tour of the "Tattoo" at the Metro Center. It was very interesting. We are going to the Tattoo on July 6th. Will tell you more about it then.

When we got back to the motorhome, the air was off and it was 90+ degrees in there. We only have 30 amp service at the campground and something is wrong with the campground's breaker. Poor Roxie!!!!!

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