Since the failure of the Halifax sewer plant in January, we've been dumping 100 million litres of raw sewage into the harbour every day.
The crap flows through eight outfall pipes---four of which (arrows on map, above) empty right below the boardwalk, where the tall ships are moored this weekend.
Festival organizers say there may be some last-minute shuffling around, but at this writing it appears that the ships listed above will be the closest to the outfall pipes. The Europa and the Peter Von Danzig will especially bear the brunt of our hospitality, as those ships will dock atop the Cornwallis Street outfall, the most foul-smelling of the bunch.
Welcome to town, mateys!
The good news is that the stink won't be as bad as it could have been---weather forecasts through Saturday show our usual intermittent rain and high temperatures only in the low 20s, both of which will serve to keep the stench down a bit. But come Sunday, the sun will break through, the temp will rise a tad and a gentle on-shore breeze will prevail.
Our advice: go see the tall ships Saturday. Be sure to ask about the poop deck. Tim Bousquet