Thomas Akins records that; “Halifax Harbour was so full of ice that vessels could not come in, which had not been the case for (says the Gazette for that day) ten years. The cold was intense, snow between four and five feet deep in the woods and on the peninsula, an instance of which had not been known for several years.” (p. 72, History of Halifax City, 1847. Bellville, Ontario: Mika Publishing, reprinted 1973.)