We started out morning in the swimming pool. The water was a bit cold but I had no problems going in. Emmer never quite made it in the pool before we had to go get cleaned up. He just ran around in circles trying to stay warm.
After showers, laundry and lunch we headed to downtown Halifax to the sea wharf again. Today we visited the Maritime Museum. We toured the docks out back and saw schooners, Theodore Tugboat and the SS Acadia.
The Acadia is a ship that was used in the make making business. They would go out and measure depths in the harbors of eastern Canada to make maps. We explored the upper three decks of the ship.
I thought the pilots quarters were really nice. He even has his own private bathroom. Everyone else had to go downstairs to the belly of the ship for the head.
So so tempting but I respected the sign.
Mom threatened punishment if I mouthed off one more time. Guess what? oops!
We took an awesome tour on the Titanic. We learned the roll Halifax played in the process. We also learned many stories about the survivors and the company that built the boats and how they had accident after accident. Finally they were acquired but the Cunard ship lines. Remember that photo from yesterday of the statue of Cunard? He was a big deal here in Halifax.
I was invited to try out the model of the Titanic deck chair. They actually have an original behind glass that is estimated to be worth about $2 million. They Titanic site has not been declared a historic place and salvage and exploration is no longer allowed. As I was sitting in the chair the tour guide told of a time when the pipes burst not he floor above and kid my age was in the chair on a tour and water cam splashing down. I was out of the chair before he finished his sentence.
Some of the artifacts that floated or were taken by people from the waters were small and some were larger. Thesis a cabinet that managed to survive. We saw mortuary bags (#41) that were used to keep belongings of people that perished with hopes of someday being returned to surviving family members.
We learned a story about one man that had kidnapped his children and boarded the ship under an assumed name. He parished and his kids survived and were eventually reunited with their mother from which they were taken. The man is buried in a local Jewish cemetery because of his assumed name. Turns out he is Catholic and there are no plans of moving him.
This is a model of one of the ships that helped in the body salvage and burial after the tragic iceberg incident.
Oh, here is the real actual deck chair from the Titanic!
After the museum and learning about model ship making, the Halifax Explosion and many other salvage ship operations we walked the wharf some more. We found a really neat playground with all sorts of nautical elements. I loved the little sea mines! They made great hiding spaces.
We waved goodbye to the ships and the marina and harbor and headed back for groceries and tidy up before tomorrows departure.