Cities, harbors, towns & sites of EMERALD TARGET:


The Brandenburg Gate at night in Nazi controlled Germany. (temporary pic)


Started on the Spree River as a trading post in the 13th century, Berlin grew to eventually become a metropolis of almost four-million people when in 1920 regional towns were consolidated under one administration.

During Adolf Hitler's Third Reich from 1933 to 1945, Berlin saw many changes: a few encouraging to the populace, some good for select citizens, most devastating to all. By the end of the war in Europe, Berlin was left in ruins with nearly every building destroyed or seriously damaged.


A portion of the Halifax Harbour waterfront. Taken by author in 2006.

 Since its settlement in 1749, Halifax has been a hub of maritime and military activity. Incorporated as a city in 1842, the area greatly expanded through world-wide commerce. By 1996, Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford and other nearby communities were amalgamated into the Halifax Regional Municipality (or HRM).

In the Second World War, Halifax and Bedford Basin served as key points for Allied convoys gathering for and dispersing from cross-Atlantic routes. Thousands of tons of supplies, food and military hardware, as well as vessels, soldiers, sailors and merchant marines came through this busy port.

A vast array of cargo ships within the protection of Bedford Basin. Aerial hoto taken during World War II.


Early view of St. John's Harbour, Newfoundland.

The most easterly city on the North American continent, St. John's is the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as one of the earliest English-founded cities in the Western Hemisphere. Initially, Mac MacCalister's headquarters were situated in St. John's.

During World War II, Newfoundland and Labrador served vital roles in the war against German U-boats in the Battle of the Atlantic. Air, sea and land bases were located at St. John's, Torbay, Argentia, Stephenville, Gander and Goose Bay in Labrador. At this time, the Dominion of Newfoundland was part of the Commission Government of Great Britain, not becoming a Canadian Province until 1949.


The calmer East River proved ideal for floating logs to the lumber mills in Sheet Harbour. Author photo.

Located further up the coast from Halifax (actually to the east), Sheet Harbour is a small town near the junctions of Coastal Hwy 7 and Hwy 224, with Hwy 374 cutting north toward Liscomb Game Sanctuary. After some early name changes, Sheet Harbour became the official name in 1818 for its white cliff visible from the seaward side.

With its many lakes and streams, this richly forested area is wonderful for sport fishing, hunting and photographic opportunities. However, these were not primarily what built Sheet Harbour. The town grew up between the East and West Rivers because of its lumber mills, commercial fishing industry and two major ship building yards in the 1800s.

The lumber industry, as well as foresight and astute planning, is also what built Clan MacCalister into a prominent family in Nova Scotia. This and connections with the Royal Canadian Navy allowed the MacCalister Manor to be converted into the RCN Training Garrison when World War II broke out.

Sheet Harbour looking north from the harbor edge. Hwy 7 was to my right. The foundations in the foreground may well have belonged to one of the early lumber mills or a ship builder. I suspect the fisheries were closer to East River, but I never had a chance to learn the actual locations of historical sites of Sheet Harbour.

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