December 6, 2012

Remembering: The Halifax Explosion, December 6, 1917

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Obviously I wasn’t around during the Halifax Explosion, but it’s a big part of the province’s history. I’m reading Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan in remembrance (for some reason I thought the anniversary was the 10th so I’m behind). I’m about halfway through the book and the explosion hasn’t happened yet.


On December 6, 1917, two ships collided with each other in Halifax Harbour. One of the ships was a munitions ship carrying explosives. The explosion that resulted was the largest manmade explosion up to that point in time (Hiroshima would surpass it). It devastated the city. You can learn more about it on this site dedicated to the disaster.

Barrington Street, Halifax, NS, about 1915

Halifax pre-Explosion around 1915

Damage after the explosion

1 comment :

  1. I read up on this earlier in the week (was not familiar, sadly), but wow. Just wow. So sad and so much destruction and loss of life.

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