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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 20

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SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 1998 21A-.J1 1 1 fraves iinK IKova Scotia to Titanic r-'"l THE PALM BEACH POST Hwap C(D)inmin)l(t( Svstanms 1 o .. . . LawL - tott' 7) Tin Associated I'ress HALIFAX, Nova Scotia Two days after the Titanic sank in 1912, a cable repair ship sailed from Halifax with a sad cargo: blocks of ice, embalming fluid aijd stacks of empty coffins. ; Two weeks later, the Mackay-Bennett was back, bearing 190 bodies pulled from the North Atlantic. Most went unclaimed and were buried here. J The graves give Halifax a unique bond to the disaster. And, al?ng with artifacts ' retrieved from the sea including an intact Titanic deck chair now on display at a harborfront museum, the city hopes to convert that tie into a tourist boom in this year of Hollywood-fueled Titanic-mania. ; The Mackay-Bennett was the ftrpt of three Halifax ships sent to search for the more than 1,500 Titanic victims. 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