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Titanic victims’ Halifax gravesites to receive facelift

Flowers are left by passengers of the MS Balmoral Titanic memorial cruise ship, on an unmarked grave of a victim of the Titanic disaster at the Fairview Lawn cemetery in Halifax, Canada where 121 victims are buried, Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Halifax was the centre of the rescue and recovery operations following the Titanic disaster. The Halifax Regional Municipality issued tenders in October 2013 for the victims’ graves to get a facelift.

Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

A Halifax cemetery that serves as the final resting place for 121 Titanic victims is getting some upgrades.

The Halifax Regional Municipality has issued tenders for the gravestones at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery to be cleaned, the letters whitened and a pathway to be repaved.

There are 150 Titanic victims buried in three Halifax cemeteries.

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Some 1,500 passengers and crew members died on April 15, 1912, when the Titanic struck an iceberg and went down in the North Atlantic, south of the Grand Banks.

There were just over 700 survivors.

The Titanic sank on its maiden voyage from Southampton in England to New York.

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