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The Royal Naval Burying Ground also known as the Naval Cemetery, and the Battle of the HMS Shannon and the USS Chesapeake

Submitted by Devonna Edwards The Naval Cemetery is a small military cemetery located in C.F.B. Stadacona on Gottingen Street, Halifax. The cemetery is situated behind Admiralty House (Maritime Command Museum) on a hill that slopes down to Barrington Street and is enclosed by fencing with a locked gate. In 1894 the cemetery occupied over four…

Wartime Rationing 1939-1945

Wartime Rationing 1939-1945

Submitted by Devonna Edwards Eat Hash and Like It! A 1940s newspaper advertisement for War Saving Stamps depicts a housewife dishing up supper to her children. The youngsters smile with enthusiasm as the mother declares to the readers, “As long as Jack is at war, we’ll eat hash and like it. We are at war….

Plane Crash in Fairview, 1953

Plane Crash in Fairview, 1953

Submitted by Devonna Edwards Two airplanes, a Sea Fury and an Avenger, collided over Fairview with a deafening roar on April 9, 1953. Eyewitnesses told of seeing a blue and white flash as the planes came together. On that night, bad weather made squadron programmers from HMCS Shearwater limit flying operations to the local area….

The Peninsula Road and Blockhouses 1749-1761
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The Peninsula Road and Blockhouses 1749-1761

Submitted by Devonna Edwards The Peninsula Line of Defence was a chain of outposts on the isthmus separating the Halifax peninsula and the elevated mainland to the west. The colonial authorities erected three small stockade forts, where the soldiers were kept on guard. These stockades were known as the Peninsula Blockhouses and consisted of the…

The Bedford Basin
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The Bedford Basin

Submitted by Devonna Edwards The Bedford Basin is a large enclosed bay, forming the northwestern end of Halifax Harbour. The Basin measures 8 Kilometres long and 5 Kilometres wide. The Basin is very deep with some areas measuring several dozen metres in depth. Geologists believed that the Bedford Basin and the Halifax Harbour did not…