St.Mary's Cathedral Basilica (RC)
   Spring Garden Road at Barrington Street
   Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
   LL: N 44.64422, W 63.57312
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   Georgie Ward


   St.Mary's Glebe
   1508 Barrington Street
   Halifax, NS  B3J 1Z3
   T: (902)423-4116   F: (902)425-4857
   E: stmb@hfx.andara.com
   E: stmb@eastlink.ca




   Some of the original bells were cracked
   by the great Halifax explosion of
   1917.  Added semitone is flat 7th.

*Technical data:

   Electric-keyboard chime of 11 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is F# in the middle octave
   Transposition is up  6 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     C E   /    NONE  
   There is one added semitone
   The present keyboard was installed in 1970
     by an unknown maker
   Prior history:
     In 1920, all bells were recast or replaced
       with bells made by Gillett & Johnston
       (11 bells were added in and/or remain from that work.)
     In 1879, the instrument was begun with  8 bells
       by McShane     
       (0 bells remain from that work.)
   Year of latest technical information source is 2000
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.


The Cathedral Website includes a History page with a tiny photo and mention of the bells.

Near the bottom of a page on Canadian minor basilicas is a picture of the front of St.Mary's Cathedral Basilica.

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the McShane bellfoundry.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Gillett & Johnston bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all North American chimes by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all North American chimes by weight (pitch).
Ranking among all North American chimes by year of completion.

Index to all tower bell instruments in NS.


   This page was built from the database on 20-Nov-08
   based on textual data last updated on 2008/04/02
   and on technical data last updated on 2008/11/13

Explanations of page format and keyboard range are available.

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