WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Woven into the region's historic fabric are two marine disasters whose stories are told at the MARITIME MUSEUM OF THE ATLANTIC. When the RMS Titanic on April 14, 1912 struck an iceberg, Halifax was the closest major port. Cable ships, Cunard ocean liners, and gov- ernment vessels based here hurried to assist. Nineteen sites in the metro area mark locations where survivors were treated and victims laid to rest. Five years later, on December 6, 1917, during World War I, a French cargo ship loaded with wartime explosives collided with a Norwegian vessel in the harbor. The Halifax Explosion killed nearly 2,000 people, injured 9,000, and damaged 12,000 buildings. It was the worst manmade explosion prior to the atomic bomb. Boston and Massachusetts General Hospital were the first responders to send medical teams and supplies. In gratitude, Nova Scotia each year sends one of its finest Christmas trees to Boston amidst great fanfare. Visitors to Halifax can explore the ART GALLERY OF NOVA SCOTIA, with the largest collection in the Maritimes, and the BLACK CULTURAL CENTRE FOR NOVA SCOTIA among numerous places where African Nova Scotia communities date back to the 1600s. On a daytrip along the seacoast, we stopped in PEGGY'S COVE to walk across the barrens, areas of exposed granite with pockets of soil that nourish hardy plants. The postcard-perfect little fishing village is appealing, despite souvenir shops and tourist buses. Puffin tours, lob- ster dinner cruises, and the like depart from the dock. We were less taken with historic LUNENBERG, a UNESCO World Heritage site that's picturesque but reminiscent of Portsmouth, New Hampshire and towns in MidCoast Maine. The waterfront is home to fishing boats and a replica of the Bluenose, the iconic provincial schooner. 197 s p r i n g 2 0 1 5 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e Ferry to Nova Scotia Nova Star Cruises, in 2014 began ferry service between Portland, Maine, and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, from mid-May to mid-October. The ten-hour crossing features dining and sleeping options, as well as a casino at sea. Vehicle and passenger prices varied during the inaugural year. Yarmouth is 142 miles southwest of Lunenberg. Visit www.novastarcruises.com.

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