View Full Version : Dec 6, 1917 The Halifax Explosion

12-06-2004, 06:20 PM
Halifax, Nova Scotia

At 7.30 a.m. on December 6, 1917, the French ship Mont-Blanc left her anchorage outside the mouth of the harbour to join a convoy gathering in Bedford Basin. She was loaded with 2,300 tons of wet and dry picric acid, 200 tons of TNT, 10 tons of gun cotton and 35 tons of benzol: a highly explosive mixture. At the same time the Norwegian vessel Imo, in ballast, set off from the Basin bound for New York to pick up a cargo of relief supplies for Belgium. At the entrance to the Narrows, after a series of ill-judged manuevers, the Imo struck the Mont-Blanc on the bow. Although the collision was not severe, fire immediately broke out on board the Mont-Blanc.

The crew abandoned ship immediately. The Mont Blanc drifted and eventually came to rest at pier 6. A large crowd gathered to watch the sight of the burning ship unaware of the grave danger of explosion. The Mont Blanc burned for another 20 minutes before the cargo exploded. It was the largest explosion ever recorded prior to Hiroshima.

Upon hearing the news doctors from all parts of New England rushed to Halifax to help the injured. Food, medicine, clothing, money, and furniture poured in from the US.

Halifax Explosion (http://museum.gov.ns.ca/mma/AtoZ/HalExpl.html)


12-07-2004, 06:40 AM
You left out it was George Bush's fault. /ccboard/images/graemlins/cool.gif