Fate of vessel that survived wars, Halifax Explosion unclear as rust sets in

A vintage navy vessel that survived world wars and the Halifax Explosion is falling victim to a more mundane threat: the destructive force of salt water.

The steel-hulled CSS Acadia is a central attraction at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax and is the only remaining vessel to have served the Royal Canadian Navy in both world wars.

The 105-year-old ship is rusting away in the Halifax harbour as much-needed repair and maintenance work has been delayed over a lack of funding, putting the long-term future of the vessel in jeopardy.

The state of Halifax's Grand Old Lady, a registered National Historic Site, is detailed in 226 pages of emails, briefing notes, memos and reports about the CSS Acadia released to Global News under a freedom of information request.

Shannon Delbridge, executive director of public works and strategic initiatives at the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, writes in one email that the deterioration has become so bad that she informed staff in two departments of the state of the ship.

Leo Glavine, Nova Scotia's minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage, told Global on Thursday there is still no definitive timeline for when CSS Acadia will go into drydock.