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To The Coast,

I read your Best of Halifax Guide 2006 and noticed a piece on the Public Gardens as the best public place. Thanks for mentioning the model of Titanic. About 11 years ago, several members of the Maritime Ship Modelers Guild built the Titanic and donated it to the city to display in the Public Gardens. Although this was a group effort, over time members moved on or lost interest in the project. I became the keeper of Titanic, and have spent the last 11 years arranging for transportation, putting it in the pond and then restoring it every spring. Sometimes I wondered why I even bothered. Trying to move a nine-foot, 200-pound model isn't easy, and you cannot imagine the amount of damage ducks and morons throwing rocks can do to a model. Last fall I wasn't available to remove Titanic from the Gardens. When I inspected her this year there was extensive damage to her superstructure. I wondered if I should even bother to put Titanic back this year, if anybody even noticed or cared. Then I read your piece, which inspired me to fix up Titanic. As of July 2 she is back where she belongs. Thanks for noticing, and thanks to all the staff at the Public Gardens for their support in helping keep Titanic afloat.

By Clary Peters

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