For the theme Holy Smoke – I am submitting this set of the Canadian Army Guard at the Halifax Citadel – formerly known as Fort George, firing the noon cannon. It was completed in 1856, constructed to repel an attack by the United States. This was the fourth Citadel. The first fort was built in 1750. It is located on the hill just above Halifax.
Although never attacked, Citadel Hill’s various fortifications continued to be garrisoned by the British Army until 1906 and afterward by the Canadian Army throughout the First World War. British forces upgraded Fort George’s armaments to permit it to defend the harbour as well as land approaches, using heavier and more accurate long-range artillery. Fort George’s two large ammunition magazines also served as the central explosive store for Halifax defences. The walls are built to hold 72 guns.
One of the most recognized symbols of Citadel Hill’s role in shaping Halifax is the year-round daily ceremonial firing of the noon gun.
As you can see, the smoke starts off just a cloud but then, even in very little wind the smoke blows back to cover the two guards. So Holy Smoke comes to mind – if you weren’t expecting the smoky cloud cover. Glad they kept us off to the side.