Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Mohammed goes to the Mountain

The bunkering tanker Algoma Dartmouth is seen alongside the tanker Mount Fuji (lower photo) anchored in Halifax. The tanker is one of two at anchor in Halifax at the moment. They may move back alongside when the coastal tanker Algoscotia finishes loading.

Algoscotia is just coming out of several weeks of refit/repairs at pier 9. Fleet mate Algosea remains in Sydney, NS for repairs following a gearbox problem.

A rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) speeds by but harbour gulls are unperturbed. There are so many of these fast craft at work in Halifax, for the Navy (sorry Maritime Command), Department of Fisheries and the Coast Guard, that it is hard to look out and not see one somewhere.
By coincidence, the shoreline in the background of the photo is known as Mount Hope. The brick building, the Nova Scotia Hospital, was originally known as the Mount Hope Asylum - a contradiction in terms if there ever was one.
Legend has it that General James Wolfe trained his troops for the assault on Quebec City in 1759 on the slopes of Mount Hope. This remains a legend as far as I know, since documenting the story has proved to be a dead end.

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