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Halifax - Cruise #2 (Sept 2010)
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The Halifax Town Clock has served the residents for over 190 years

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The four sided clock face displays Roman numerals but the hour 4 is shown as IIII and not as IV, for artistic balance

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Halifax was once the receiving center for immigrants and refugees who traveled to Canada

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St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica This Catholic cathedral located in downtown Halifax has a facade and spire made entirely of local granite. The basilica boasts the tallest granite spire in North America

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Halifax is the second largest natural harbor in the world after Sydney. It was founded by Colonel Edward Cornwallis in 1749

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Georges Island played a key role in the harbour's defence system for almost 200 years and has been named a National Historic Site

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Although Georges Island is not open to the public, the federal heritage department is currently restoring its fortifications

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Georges Island lighthouse

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There is only about a quarter million people who reside in Halifax

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In Halifax the sea often determines the temperatures and weather. At least one out of every three mornings all year long a unique fog comes to Halifax
Halifax Citadel
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The Halifax Citadel occupies the hill overlooking the harbour. In 1869 the most famous Scottish unit in the British Army, the 78th Highland Regiment, was stationed here

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78th Highland Regiment presented an impressive sight in their MacKenzie tartan kilts, feather bonnets and bright red doublets

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The Pipers, dressed in contrasting green uniforms, were the heart and soul of the 78th Regiment

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The soldiers' life inside the barracks

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Clean clothing and feathered bonnet

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The Citadel was established to guard against an attack from the United States. This massive, star-shaped, masonry fortification took 28 years to build

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The Citadel is an excellent example of a 19th-century bastion fortification complete with defensive ditch, ramparts, musketry gallery, powder magazine and signal masts

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The defensive ditch of the fortification

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The powder magazine and musketry gallery

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The ramparts and signal masts. A small flag is flown due to the inclimate weather

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In response to the introduction of powerful rifled guns in the 1860s, the Citadel upgraded its armaments

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For the first time it could defend the harbour as well as the land approach because the new artillery fired heavier shells a greater distance and with more accuracy

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This photo says it all about the weather
Halifax in History
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"Halifax will forever be linked to the Titanic. Three of its ships were involved in the grim task of recovering victims - many of whom were laid to rest in three of the city's cemeteries. In all 328 bodies were recovered including one child

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December 6, 1917, a French Military vessel, loaded with 2,500 tons of explosives, collided with a Belgian ship, caught fire and exploded. Peices of iron and shrapnel have been found 3 miles from the waterfront

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Halifax December 6, 1917
1,635 people killed and thousands more injured. Not a house in the city escaped damage. The following day a blizzard hit, crippling recovery efforts
Peggy's Cove - Cruise #2 (Sept 2010)
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Peggy's Cove Lighthouse is one of the most photographed structures in Atlantic Canada and one of the most recognizable lighthouses in the world. The lighthouse now contains a small Canada Post office where letters receive a special stamp

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Peggy's Cove Lighthouse marks the eastern entrance of St. Margarets Bay. It is situated on an extensive granite outcrop at Peggy's Point

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The pristine beauty of the Coastal Region encompassing the shores of the scenic St. Margaret's Bay

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i>Peggy's Cove Local folklore has several alternative origins for the name. Some people claim Peggy was an early settler, while others say she was a survivor from a shipwreck

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St. Margaret's Bay
Peggy's Cove may have taken its name from the bay since Peggy is a nickname for Margaret

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Peggy's Cove. The community maintains a rural, undeveloped appearance as the inhabitants continue to fish for lobster

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A Lobster fisherman with one boat could set, pull, and reset over 100 traps a day collecting anywhere from 100 to 1000 lobsters

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Peggy's Cove

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At St. Margarets Bay near the tiny fishing community of Peggy's Cove,a flight from New York City to Geneva, Switzerland crashed

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On September 2, 1998 Swissair Flight 111 crashed at the entrance to St. Margarets Bay killing all 229 people on board

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William deGarthe's Memorial A famous resident of Peggy's Cove, deGarthe carved this memorial, to honor the courage of the fishermen living in the cove, from a granite outcrop in his backyard

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William deGarthe's Memorial The first section depicts the fisherman's family with St. Elmo, the patron saint of sailors

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William deGarthe's Memorial The second section depicts Peggy of the Cove. The third section is fishermen at work with a dory, nets and other implements. deGarthe passed away before the memorial was completed.

Halifax Citadel

Dressed in contrasting green uniforms, the pipers are the heart and soul of the 78th regiment

Peggy's Cove

A windy and rainy day at Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada
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