1917: The Halifax Explosion, December 6th.
The harbour of Halifax, Nova Scotia, is a huge natural haven and was a major collection point for shipping waiting to be taken in convoy to Europe during World War One. On the morning of December 6th, 1917, the French ship MONT BLANC, loaded, if not overloaded, with a mixture of explosives and munitions, some of it carried on deck, was inward bound for the harbour as the Norwegian vessel IMO, chartered by a Belgian Refugee Relief Agency, was leaving. Due to a mix up in signals, the two ships collided and the MONT BLANC caught fire. 20 minutes after the collision, the MONT BLANC exploded. The resulting blast was the most powerful man-made explosion ever, right up until the atom bomb tests after World War Two, and left a large area of Halifax totally devastated and around 2000 people dead. A tsunami was created in the harbour and ships were driven ashore, including the mauled wreck of the IMO. Thje MONT BLANC completely disintegrated, pieces of the ship subsequently being found many miles away. To compound the misery of the citizens, the weeks following the explosion saw some of the cruellest winter weather recorded in Halifax. These pictures are published for pleasure/information/research purposes only and are not for sale or copy under any circumstances. Information in captions has been researched as thoroughly as possible but it accuracy cannot be guaranteed.Read More