Halifax – Titanic Connection

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The city of Halifax, Nova Scotia was called upon for the grim task of attempting to recover those lost at sea due to the sinking of the Titanic in April 1912. Of the 337 passengers and crew recovered, some were buried at sea, some were shipped home to families, and 150 were buried in three cemeteries in Halifax – Catholic, Jewish, and Protesant. White Star Lines, owner of the Titanic, paid for cemetery plots and simple rectangle markers.

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Of the 121 individuals buried at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, 42 are unidentified. The only markings on their gravestones were the date and an identifying number used when the the body was recovered. Some names were added over the years, as identities were discovered from notes taken about the victim, clothing, jewelry and personal effects. This meticulous work performed by the people of Halifax to process victims, sadly paid off during the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion five years later.

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Did James Cameron know there was a real J. Dawson on the Titanic when he named his character for the movie, Titanic? This man was actually a crew member named Joseph Dawson.

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Vermont’s Sacred Acre

The cemetery adjacent to the Old First Church in Bennington, was given the title “Vermont’s Sacred Acre” by the VT Legislature. It is crowded with gravestones from the past 200+ years, including the poet Robert Frost. Both the Church and the Cemetery are landmarks of Old Bennington, which today, many travelers miss the opportunity to see with a highway by-pass that herds them “so efficiently” to their destination.