[Sust-mar] Friends of McNabs Island 25th Anniversary Annual Meeting & Presentation APRIL 22

Cathy McCarthy cathymc at accesscable.net
Mon Apr 13 20:49:12 EDT 2015

McNabs Island: Protecting Halifax and the North Atlantic during Wartime

Friends of McNabs Island Society 
25th Anniversary Annual General Meeting & Special Presentation
Wednesday, April 22 at 6:30 pm – Small Craft Gallery - Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 1675 Lower Water Street, on the Halifax waterfront. 
Special guest speaker - Dr. Roger Sarty, professor of naval, military and Canadian history at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. 
Professor Sarty, who is originally from Halifax, first became interested in military history during a visit to McNabs Island over forty years ago. This interest led to a PhD thesis on the history of Canada’s coastal defences for the University of Toronto, and a distinguished career as an historian with the Department of National Defence, and later, deputy director of the Canadian War Museum. 

Dr. Sarty’s presentation will take us back 100 years to the important role McNabs Island played during the First World War. Some 800 troops took up station in the forts and barracks on McNabs Island during WWI.

“In 1914, McNabs Island became a self-contained fortress, ready for action until the last day of the war,” says Dr. Sarty. “Even in the summer of 1918, as Allied armies marched to Victory in Europe, McNabs’ defences had to be reinforced as German submarines hunted in the waters off Nova Scotia.” 

The British Empire’s military effort during the war depended upon the safe delivery of supplies from North America. Learn more about how McNabs Island protected Halifax and the North Atlantic convoys. This presentation is free and open to the public. 

Cathy McCarthy, President
Friends of McNabs Island Society
info at mcnabsisland.ca
902-434-2254 or 902-456-9167
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