Defence Minister honours victims of Titanic tragedy
Canadians who helped recover victims of the Titanic tragedy will be honoured with a commemorative plaque, Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay said at a ceremony in Halifax, N.S., Sunday.
The event was held at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, where 121 victims were laid to rest.
"The sinking of the Titanic brought heartbreak to many individuals, but perhaps no Canadian province was more affected than Nova Scotia," MacKay said. "Whether buried at sea, in one of three Halifax graveyards, or returned home, each Titanic victim was treated with respect by Canadian sailors as they carried out their sombre mission."
Halifax played a key role in the chronicle of the Titanic.
Within days of the disaster, four Canadian vessels were dispatched to search for victims.
White Star Line, the Titanic's owner, chartered the cable ship CS Mackay-Bennett from Halifax to retrieve victims. Three other Canadian ships joined the search: also from Halifax, the cable ship Minia, the lighthouse supply ship Montmagny, and from St. John's, N.L., the sealing vessel Algerine.
Each ship left with embalming supplies, undertakers and clergy.
Of the more than 300 bodies recovered by Canadian seamen, 119 were buried at sea and 59 were sent home.
The remaining 150 victims were buried in three Halifax cemeteries -- Mount Olivet, Baron de Hirsch and Fairview Lawn Cemetery.