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Trip to Halifax
Posted by PFJN on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 6:19 PM

Hi,

I'm off on a business trip to Canada for a while, and it turned out to be such a nice day today that I decided to take a couple pictures out my hotel window.

Although I haven't figured out how to control the zoom on my camera I think that you can make out a couple Maritime Coastal Defense Vessels (MCDVs), a Tribal Class Destroyer (possibly ex-HMCS Iroquois), and the ex-HMCS Preserver (I think).

Pat

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 7:38 PM

Nice shot!  I think Trumpeter makes a 1/700 kit of Tribal class ships.  Does the class go back to WWII?

Nulla Rosa Sine Spina

 

 

 

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 9:26 AM

Anyone visiting Nova Scotia who is interested in avaition history should visit Baddeck, and Alexander Bell's museum there.  It is not well known, but after Bell got rich from the telephone, he got interested in trying to invent the airplane.  He shared his time between Canada and the US, and formed the AEA (I think that stood for Aerial Experimenters Association, or something similar).  He did not succeed- the Wrights beat him to it (Langley was ahead of him too), but Bell did invent the hydrofoil boat.  I will be visiting this August but my aviation friends told me it is not to miss.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Greg on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 9:45 AM

I'm a little jealous as I've been wanting to visit Nova Scotia. This fall might be the year, who knows.

Just saw Don's post with the museum tip, thanks for that.

-Greg

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Posted by PFJN on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 6:02 PM

checkmateking02

Nice shot!  I think Trumpeter makes a 1/700 kit of Tribal class ships.  Does the class go back to WWII?

 

Hi,

No, these are the ships Canada built in the 1970s.  But they are nice looking ships too.  Additionally, although its not here at the moment, if I am understanding correctly apparently starting in June the HMCS Sackville (a Flower Class Corvette) is supposed to be tied up at not too far away on the other side of my hotel at the Museum of the Atlantic.  Fortunately I'm supposed to come back up here later in June, so I'm hoping that I might be able to see that ship then.

Pat

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Posted by PFJN on Thursday, May 18, 2017 5:10 PM

Don & Greg,

Thanks for the suggestion.  I'll try and check it out if I can, either on this trip, or another I am taking later this year.

Pat

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Posted by PFJN on Monday, May 22, 2017 3:33 PM

 

Hi,

Here are a couple extra random pictures from this weekend. 

It was a holiday weekend up here so they had some bicycle and foot races and other events going on.  The Marathon ended just a block from my hotel, in front of the ScotiaBank Center, as shown in the 1st picture below, as seen from the Citadel in the south part of town.

Marathon

Here is a memorial and some wreaths that were placed there in honor of all who lost the Canadians/Canadiens that had lost their lives in the wars of the last century.

Wreaths

This is the pier where HMCS Sackville will be moored in a couple weeks (I thnik).

Corvette Slip

This is either meant to be a giant wave statue, or a giant tongue, I;m not sure which.

Tongue

Here also is a kids playground at the waterfront.

Playground

These were some neat looking benches made to look like indigenous canoes.

Benches

This is the Ship Acadia which had served both in the RCN and as a Hydrographic Survey Ship, and is apparently the only ship to have survived WWI, WWII and the Great Halifax Explosion of 1917.

Acadia

This is a view of the Citadel from street level.  They were firing off several canons Monday @ noon.  You can just make out the smoke of one of the canons being fired.  I suspect it was either in tribute to Queen Victoria's Birthday, or to ward off a Godzilla attack.  My money is on the latter of the two possibilities.

Godzilla Attack

This next picture is of another memorial, sorry for it being sideways, I thought I had uploaded it correctly, but apparently not.

Memorial

I also took a tour of the Citadel and the Museum of the Atlantic, which had some nice models inside.  Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me then.  The Citadel and the Museum of the Atlantic are both nice facilities.  Neither is overly large but have some interesting displays, especially about the Halifax Eplosion of 1917, where a relief ship collided with a munitions ship, eventually setting off an explosion that (if I am recalling correctly) was the largest manmade explosion prior to the atom bomb, and which destroyed a large part of the ciity.

All in all if you get a chance to ever visit Halifax, especially during nice weather, it is a very nice destination with a fair bit of history.

Pat

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