Jackie and I went for a walk down the Halifax Harbourfront today. My intention was to take photos of the ships in harbour with their flags and get a bit of a collection of the various banners on show. However, when we arrived on the boardwalk and I went to snap my first shot it came to my attention that I had forgotten to bring along an SD card for my camera. Not wanting to waste a perfectly good afternoon we continued down the boardwalk and I  settled for taking photos with my phone.

The first shot is of the USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81), USS San Jacinto (CG-56)  and USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE-5). All three ships are tied up alongside Jetty NB in HMC Dockyard Halifax. The San Jacinto and the Robert E. Peary are both dressed – signal flags running from bow-to-mast-to-stern. One of the most common questions when it comes to a dressed ship is, “Do the flags say anything?” and the answer is, “No”. While civilian ships may spell out their names or a special message, NATO ships specifically avoid doing this. The flags are ordered so that no adjacent flags relay a signal.

USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81) and USS San Jacinto (CG-56) tied up across from USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE-5).

It’s practically impossible to see, but the Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) is also dressed for the occasion. On deck, though barely visible from this distance from left to right there’s an F-18 (just barely visible near the superstructure), an E-2 Hawkeye (to the right of the superstructure) and a Sea Stallion helicopter at the bow (not even captured from this angle). 

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) anchored in harbour between Georges Island and McNabs Island.

The HMCS Sackville (K181), now a museum ship, is a Flower-class Corvette that served the Royal Canadian Navy in World War II. She is the last surviving Flower-class Corvette. For historical accuracy she flies the Canadian Blue Naval Ensign at the bow and the Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom at the stern.

HMCS Sackville (K181) dressed at the mast while flying historically accurate flags.

Next up, the Woodside I, one of the four Halifax Harbour Ferries pulled into the Halifax Ferry Terminal as we passed by. She’s also dressed for the Canada Day celebrations.

Woodside I, the oldest of the Halifax Harbour Ferries operated by Halifax Transit.

The CSS Acadia has been dressed all weekend as well. Today a museum ship, the CSS Acadia is a former hydrographic surveying and oceanographic research ship for the Hydrographic Survey of Canada (Canadian Hydrographic Service). She was commissioned by the Royal Canadian Navy in both World Wars and is the only surviving ship to have served the RCN in both wars.

The CSS Acadia dressed in harbour.

The final boat I came across was this sail boat. She’s not dressed with signal flags, instead the owner string up some maple leaf decorative pennants. The Canadian Flag flies near the top of the mast and below it the flag of the town of Pictou, Nova Scotia.

A sailboat I forgot to get the name of, dressed in her own way.
The flag of Pictou, NS. (I haven’t come across a vector version of this, I will have to make one)

That was all the notable flags I captured on ships along the harbour. The next two photos are a little more fixed in their position. First up is Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub. From left to right we see: Nova Scotia, Ireland, Canada 150 in blue, Pride Flag, the Canadian Flag, and the Grand Council flag of the Mi’kmaq Nation.


Grand Council flag of the Mi’kmaq Nation.

And last but not least, the Waterfront Warehouse. On display at the end of the building are the flags of Nova Scotia, the United States of America, and the United Kingdom, flanked on both sides by Canadian flags.