At the beginning of WWII, Halifax Nova Scotia was one of the ports where military enlistees came to be transported across the Atlantic to Europe. Because of the Canada’s close connection to the UK, and Halifax’s proximity to the UK, troop ships traveled back and forth between the UK and Nova Scotia for the duration of the war.
Taken from the Reader’s Digest Second Edition of CANADIANS AT WAR 1939/45
“The book called Halifax “A sailors’ place”…. Halifax survives six years of convoys, overcrowing, exasperation, riot and deadly danger.”
In 1941 British Rear Adm. S.S. Bonham-Carter called it “probably the most important port in the world”.
That same year Frederick Edwards wrote in Macleans: “No other Canadian city has been so profoundly affected by the war.”
Historian Thomas H. Raddall said Halifax had to cope with “conditions faced by no other city in North America — conditions in some ways like those of a beleaguered and refugee-crowded city in Europe.”
Reporters called it “Canada’s frontline city.”
This is where my Mother Anna met my father Tom, this is where I grew up.
The installation of a weather station in Ecum Secum.
1939-1940 the military set up a weather station to record the weather. The purpose of it was to predict the weather for the ships leaving Halifax as they were heading across the Atlantic to the UK. It just happens Ecum Secum is close to the point where the troop ships start to turn, and so this was the last chance to get the weather report.
One of the weather stations was on my grandparents front lawn and the weather staff used a small building on the property as an office. The men who worked there boarded with my grandparents. As more and more men were needed locals were taught to use the equipment, and eventually they used the women when the men left to sign up.