Titanic Cemeteries, Halifax
The Fairview Cemetary in Halifax, located over at 3720 Windsor Street, is an interesting place for history buffs. Back in April 1912, 121 victims of the infamous Titanic disaster were brought to Halifax and buried at Fairview. So many victims (both living and dead) of history's most famous nautical sinking were brought to the city of Halifax that - for a time - the press referred to the area as "the City of Sorrow".
Among the more famous Titanic headstones is one labelled "J. Dawson". Fans of the Leo DiCaprio-Kate Winslett film may believe this to be the final resting place of Leo's character "Jack Dawson". This is not factual however.... the diCaprio character in the film is an entirely fictional being. The J. Dawson interred at Fairview Cemetary was actually a violinist in the ship's orchestra. He was known of as "Jock Dawson". Like most members of the famous ensemble (...the band played on throughout the tragedy), he went down with the ship.
The graves are easily found in the cemetary, they are identifiable by the graceful arc of the headstones - which are joined in a series of semi-circles.
To find Fairview Cemetary, here are the directions from the waterfront area:
Head northeast on Barrington Street, away from the waterfront area. Take the 1st right onto Cogswell Street, which will turn into Quinpool. Turn right at Connaught Avenue, and then left onto Windsor Street. You'll need to make a u-turn just beyond the cemetary entrance, and then you return and drive through the gate. You should be able to find a quiet place to park for a short visit.
PLEASE SEE MY SEPARATE FAIRVIEW CEMETARY TRAVELOGUE FOR MORE PHOTOS AND COMMENTARY.
We went to the cemetery where many of the Titanic disaster victims are barried. They have a section in the Maritime Museum dedicated to the disaster, but it seems a lot more realistic when you actually see the graves.
The city of Halifax has many connections to the TITANTIC disaster. One of the major ones is the Fairview Cemetery, the final resting place of over 100 victims, some of them unidentified to this day. The grave markers are laid out in the shape of a ship's hull, and although it wasn't known at the time, laid out in the same direction that the bow of the ship is resting on the ocean floor, facing north-east. There are many stories to go with the markers, including the story of the Unknown Child, the only child's body to be recovered from the site of the sinking. He was buried in the cemetery, with no name. Only recently has he been identified, as Gosta Paulson, and if you stand at his tombstone and look behind it, you will see the marker for his mother, Alma Paulson.
To get to the cemetery from downtown Halifax, go north on Barrington Street, under the A. Murray MacKay Bridge and through the intersections of Kempt Road & Windsor St. The cemetery is on the right, just past the intersection.