We're all familiar with the tragic story of the sinking of the Titanic over a hundred years ago, but some may not realize that it happened about 200 miles off the coast of Nova Scotia. Halifax was the closest port to the disaster and sent ships to help with recovery efforts. Following are some photographs and information you may find interesting:The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax.
The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax has a Titanic exhibit including many artifacts including: a third-class menu card; a mahogany rosette made from the grand staircase by sailors who carved objects from wood floating near the site; a mahogany panel from the first-class entrance into the lounge and the condensed log of Titanic's distress calls believed to have been preserved by the wireless operator, in case he was called as a witness.Deck of the Carpathia crowded with Titanic survivors
The first vessel to arrive at the scene of the disaster was the Cunard Liner RMS Carpathia and she was able to rescue more than 700 survivors.Child's shoes found among Titanic victims' belongings.
Police burned Titanic victims' clothes to prevent souvenir hunters from looting. The police sergeant who guarded the bodies and belongings couldn't bear to burn the tiny pair of shoes of an unknown child, so he kept them in a desk drawer until he retired in 1918, then took them home. They passed through his family until 2002, when the officer's grandson donated them to the museum.Deck chair from the Titanic
A deck chair bearing a carved five-pointed star, the emblem of the White Star Line is the centerpiece of the Titanic exhibit at the Maritime MuseumFairview Lawn Cemetery
Three ships from Halifax recovered 330 bodies; 209 were returned to Halifax and the rest buried at sea. Most of the victims who remained in Halifax were buried in Fairview Lawn Cemetery where the headstones were arranged in the shape of a ship's bow..Front and back cover of "Halifax"
Until you're able to visit the Maritime Museum, Eleanor Hurley, the protagonist in "Halifax" will do it for you. To read about her experience, obtain the Kindle ebook on Amazon at bit.ly/JoanMauch; the Nook ebook on Barnes & Noble or the paperback through this website.
LEON'S WALL was released June 30,2017. UNMASKING MISS JANE is the 2nd edition of THE MANGLED SPOON published in 2014. Her debut novel, HALIFAX, was originally published in 2013. Her fourth and fifth novels, THE WATERKEEPER'S DAUGHTER and ESCAPE FROM AMBERGRIS CAYE were published in 2014 and 2016. Excerpts of all five novels may be viewed under the "Home" tab. Check it out!