U.S. Coast GuardCutter Juniper, homeported in Newport, R.I., is scheduled to arrive at the Maritime Museum wharf around 1500 this afternoon. She will depart late afternoon on the 17th. She is Visiting as part of USCG Titanic Commemorations, having Completed her mission to scatter 1.5 million dried rose petals over the final resting place of the RMS Titanic, on April 14, 2012, as part of a memorial ceremony for the 100th anniversary of the tragedy.
Photo above is USCGC Juniper off Chebucto Head about to board her Pilot. Additional Photos to follow. UPDATE: USCGC Juniper now scheduled to Depart Tomorow Morning at 0800
This April 15th marks 100 years since the sinking of the Titanic. The events of the Night of April 14/15 are very well known. Titanic sets sail on her maiden voyage, hits an iceberg, and sinks. hundreds die.
Halifax’s connection to the wreck is in the aftermath. Cable Ships such as the Mina and the Mackay Bennett are dispatched from Halifax to search for survivors/recover bodies. They found hundreds, and they are buried in the Fairview Lawn Cemetery. Dr. John Henry Barnstead, a Halifax Physician was tasked with identifying the Dead. the Methods he Developed for identifying bodies in mass casualty situations are still in use today (and his records are held in the NS Archives)
More broadly, the titanic disaster led to changes that greatly improved safety at sea. The SOLAS (Safety of life at Sea) Conventions were a direct result of the Disaster, as were the Codification of ship board Radio requirements, and the adoption of S.O.S and MAYDAY as distress signals.
For More on Titanic’s Nova Scotia Connections, Including Documents, See the Provincial governments site http://titanic.gov.ns.ca/
The first Crusise ship of the Season arived this morning, on a Titanic Aniversary cruise. Unlike the Balmoral (who will be in Halifax on the 14/15th), which is retracing the Titanics voyage, the AZAMARA JOURNEY Departed New York for a Tour of Titanic related sites, arriving today in Halifax, and then heading to the sinking site on Saturday, before returning to New York. You can Find out more about the Aniversary Cruise here
Ambassatours is running Titanic themed tours which feature a Titanic Theeme wrapped bus. The tours cover titanic sites, such as the Cable Wharf, Maritime Museaum of the Atlantic, and Fairview Lawn Cemetery.