If you’ve landed on this blog entry, a big Maritime welcome to you! SeaDog Jack has customers from all over the planet, USA, Australia, Italy and the list goes on. So if you would like to keep reading, I thought I would take a few minutes to tell you a little about a small province on the East Coast of Canada called Nova Scotia that the SeaDog calls home.
Canada is a big country, in fact our country covers 9.985 million km² yet is only made up of 37 million people, that’s only a population density of 4 people per square kilometer, so it would be fair to say we’ve got a lot of room! Our country is divided up into provinces and territories, not states. We share the longest undefended border in the world with the United States of America, a staggering 8891 kilometers long! Nova Scotia is a peninsula, jutting out into the Atlantic ocean which has a great influence on our weather. In fact, when comparing this province to other Canadian provinces, we are the warmest province in Canada due to the ocean’s moderating effect.
The province is surrounded by four major bodies of water, the Gulf of Saint Lawrence to the north, the Bay of Fundy to the west, the Gulf of Maine to the southwest, and Atlantic Ocean to the southeast. Yet even those we are almost entirely surrounded by water, the climate is closer to continental rather than maritime. In winter time, just a shift in wind direction can cause a change in temperature of 20+ degrees or more.
This oceanic influence results in one of the most beautiful autumn seasons in the country. If you’ve never visited this province during the autumn, you’re missing out, especially check out the Cabot Trail during this time of year! Nova Scotia is located far to the east in Canada, in fact, there is only one province further east which is the province of Newfoundland. It’s interesting how many people I’ve talk to that have the belief that the Eastern Standard Time zone is the furthest eastern time zone in North America, it’s not, Nova Scotia is in the Atlantic Time Zone, a full hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time, and Newfoundland is another half an hour ahead of us. Our province is located in such a position that companies here can be making and receiving phone calls to and from California and London, England at the same time during a single business day. Many international airline flights pass along the coast of Nova Scotia as they head overseas. That’s just what Swissair 111 was doing when it tragically crashed just off Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia back on September 2, 1998 with the lost of all 229 souls on board. Hundreds of volunteers from the surrounding area boarded fishing boats in the dark to assist with the recovery effort.
As previously mentioned, the Bay of Fundy is on the western side of Nova Scotia and boasts the highest tides in the world. Each day, 160 billion tonnes of seawater flow in and out of the Bay of Fundy which is more than the combined flow of the world’s freshwater rivers! The changing of the tides is something to behold, you can actually see the tides as they move, and from low tide to high tide, the water rises 15m or 50ft. There are places where the tide moves so fast you’ll have a hard time out running it on foot. At high tide, you can visit a public wharf on the Bay of Fundy and see fishing vessels moored with ropes and maybe even someone nearby fishing with rod and reel. Six hours later, at low tide, you can come back and see those same boats all sitting on the ground, 20ft+ below the top of the wharf, with no water in sight. If you’re thinking of visiting, check out the area around Parrsboro and you won’t be disappointed.
On this morning the Norwegian vessel SS Imo collided with SS Mont-Blanc, a French cargo ship laden with high explosives, in the Narrows, a strait connecting the upper Halifax Harbour to Bedford Basin, causing a large explosion on the French freighter with devastating results. To put this into perspective, this explosion was 270 times more powerful than the modern day MOAB bomb. Halifax reached out for help telegraphing anyone that could help, and one of the first to respond was the city of Boston, Massachusetts. The head of the Boston and Maine Railroad promised a train if the governor would fill it. By 10 o’clock at night, less than 12 hours after the initial telegraph, the train left for Halifax without any information beyond Halifax’s initial cry for help. Nova Scotia never forgot the support and kindness of the people of Boston. As a gesture of thanks, Nova Scotia has sent Boston a Christmas Tree ever year since 1971 a tradition that continues to this day.
Yes, this is the place I call home, if you have any memories or questions about this great province, feel free to leave your comments below.
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