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    Maritime Museum of the AtlanticMaritime Museum of the Atlantic Sackville, Canada
    The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is a Canadian maritime museum, and the oldest and biggest maritime museum in Canada, with a magnificent collection of more than 30,000 relics that also include 70 small craft and a ship, the CSS Acadia, a 180 foot steam powered hydrographic survey ship that was launched in 1913, and the HMCS Sackville, a WWII Flower-class corvette is docked next to the museum and open for viewing in the summer months, and neither owned or administered by the museum. The museum was founded in 1948, and became the Maritime Museum of Canada, sitting alongside HMC Dockyard, the navy base in Halifax, on the harbor; and would have numerous naval officers serving as volunteer chairpersons of the museum until 1959, when Niels Jannasch would become the founding director until 1982. The museum would move a few times during the next thirty years before the present building was built in 1981 as part of a waterfront development project, and it would acquire the Acadia in 1982. The superb location on the waterfront near the southern part of the Historic Properties gives the museum numerous docks and boatsheds, along with a splendid view of the harbor looking towards the sea, and includes a restored 1880s Robertson Store ship chandlery, and a modern displays in the Devonian Wing. The museum is continuing its restorations on the Whim, a 1937 C Class sloop in one of the boatsheds along the wharf, behind the museum; while other boatsheds housing some of the smaller crafts. Its exhibits include galleries about the Halifax Explosion, Shipwrecks, the Age of Sail, and includes the sinking of the RMS Titanic. The museum contains the world's foremost collection of wooden relics from the Titanic, that includes one of the few surviving deck chairs. It also has a pair of child's shoes that would help identify the Titanic's unknown child. The Age of Steam gallery includes a unique display on Samuel Cunard, the Nova Scotian that began the Cunard Line.

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    HMCS SackvilleHMCS Sackville Sackville, Canada
    The HMCS Sackville was one of the over 120 corvettes that were constructed in Canada during WWII, that would become the workhorses of the North Atlantic escorting convoys and attacking submarines. The Sackville would be constructed at Saint John, NB and commissioned in 1941 to serve in various groups escorting convoys from St. Johns to Londonberry, Ireland, and from 1942 to 1944, it was one of the original members of the famous Barber Pole Group. This group would have red and white barber poles painted on their funnels and are still represented in today's navy. In August of 1942, in a west bound convoy, about 250 nautical miles from Newfoundland, the Sackville would encounter a U-boat on the surface and at a range of less than a quarter of a mile fired a star shell but the U-boat crash-dived, so the corvette steamed up fast into the swirl of water and began laying a pattern of depth charges. Those powerful blasts would send the U-boat to the surface like it was blown from the bottom of the ocean, but she was able to slide back into the waters and disappear. So the Sackville was credited with a possible kill. In less than two hours she would come upon another surfaced U-boat and they started a lethal ballet, with the corvette going one way to ram her and the U-boat going the other to avoid being hit, but the Sackville did get off a four inch shell that blew a big hole in the base of the conning tower and she would be credited with a possible damage. The ship has a glorious history and is the last corvette to survive, as she would be used as a training ship and later a Canadian Naval Auxiliary Vessel research vessel; that would prolong her active life and make her available as the Canadian Naval Memorial.

May 3, 2011