Halifax Explosion of 1917

Halifax Explosion 1917 Memorial 3D slideshow by The Visionary Folk Photographer


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An Eyewitness To The Halifax Explosion



A city in ruins: the Halifax Explosion


Uploaded on Nov 19, 2008

Halifax is in ruins. Much of the city is destroyed either by the blast, the subsequent tidal wave or the resulting fire. The situation is made worse by a terrible blizzard that begins at midnight, quickly blanketing the city. As seen in this silent television footage, the explosion has obliterated homes, schools, churches, factories, the railway station and freight yards. 

The powerful blast has shattered most of the windows within an 80-kilometre radius. The aftershock of the explosion is felt as far away as Sydney, Cape Breton; a distance of about 435 kilometres. An estimated 25,000 people from a population of less than 50,000 suddenly find themselves homeless.


The Halifax Explosion


Uploaded on Mar 24, 2008

The Halifax Explosion was the largest man-made explosion prior to the atomic bomb.

On the morning of December 6, 1917, the Norwegian ship SS Imo and the French munitions ship SS Mont-Blanc collided in the narrows of the Halifax Harbour and exploded. 

The force of the explosion devastated the city. It killed 2000 people and injured 9000 others. People were blinded by flying glass. Homes, schools and factories were wrecked. The fires that followed completed the destruction.

A severe winter storm on the next day, December 7, hampered rescue efforts. Relief trains from Boston and Montreal managed to get through with medical supplies. Financial assistance came from nations around the world including Great Britain, the United States, Russian and France.

Local relief organization was fast and effective. The Halifax Relief Commission, founded in January 1918 by the Canadian government, took over the administration of pensions, claims and reconstruction. The Commission continued for nearly 58 years, until June 1976.

Every year, the anniversary of the Halifax Explosion is marked by a memorial ceremony. This year, the ninetieth since the disaster, survivors gathered from across Canada, the United States and England to attend the memorial services. I joined them and tagged along to blog the ceremonies being held that day.

(Thanks to the Halifax Regional Municipality for the text used as the basis for this summary)

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Halifax Explosion Poem


Published on Nov 21, 2012

Recorded in 1992 in Halifax Nova Scotia, a poem written in 1917 by an American who wanted to help his Canadian friends is recited by one of our TimeKeepers Guests. She remembers the explosion, which she saw from a distance. It is part of our TimeKeepers program for The Canadian Journey 2017 Prroject. For more information, Contact James Blondeau at Canada 613-226-4884 or Tallimar@istar.ca.
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Published on Apr 19, 2014

A music video dedicated to the victims of the Halifax Explosion.
Song & Video produced by Scott McKone
Song performed by Scott McKone
Featuring Halifax actor Blair Bayers as The Spirit
Crew : Laurie Little and Dealy Knickle www.nowdigital.ca
Additional Equipment: Anthony Cooper www.hourglassmedia.ca

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Halifax explosion survivor turns 100

Uploaded on Feb 14, 2012

Windsor resident Margaret Hudson was just six years old when an explosion in Halifax Harbour levelled much of the city in 1917.

She moved to Windsor in 1937 when her husband came to play for the Detroit Red Wings.

Halifax Explosion 1917 Peggy Gregoire

Uploaded on Aug 21, 2008

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