Halifax has a very important harbor on the north Atlantic. During WW I and WW II it was one of the main gathering points for convoys crossing the Atlantic. Because of this activity, a severe blow was dealt to the city when a ship loaded with explosives blew up and leveled a large part of the city. This happened in 1917 as the result of a collision between two cargo vessels that were participating in the convoy forming activities associated with WW I. More than 2,000 people lost their lives - this is more than the Chicago fire or the San Francisco earthquake and fire.
Halifax played a unique role in the Titanic tragedy. The ships that went out to recover the bodies were from here. The people of Halifax were the ones that processed the bodies as they were recovered. Many of the families opted to have their loved ones buried here. There is also an unidentified grave for one small boy about 2 years old.
We have enjoyed our time here. It is a fun city to visit, especially the wharf area
where you find the Maritime Museum and lots of tourist things to do. The seafood is
great, especially the lobster rolls. This is a much easier way to eat lobster than trying
to break the shell.