Halifax Explosion
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Destruction caused by the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

Devastating Force

Destruction caused by the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

Tragic loss

Annie Liggins, 18 months, after rescue from the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

The miraculous Ashpan Baby

Mont Blanc anchor monument in Halifax, NS.

Hurled 4km by the blast

Truck transporting the Boston Tree from Halifax, NS.

Forever grateful

The Stella Maris minesweeper vessel.

Heroism aboard the Stella Maris

Film footage of the destruction of the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

The day after, captured on film

Relief supplies sent following the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

A vast supply of generosity

Map of the Halifax Explosion blast radius.

Ground zero

First World War Publicity Poster from the Nova Scotia Archives.

A first for the Canadian Red Cross

Cloud of smoke from the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

The monstrous blast

Halifax City Hall clock.

Etched in time

Portrait of A.C. Ratshesky

Remembering A.C. Ratshesky

George Arthur, wounded in the explosion, sits with nurse Elizabeth Choate, A.C. Ratshesky and an unnamed man.

Eye injury crisis

Monument for firefighters at Station 4 in Halifax, NS.

It would be their last alarm

First responders following the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

Courageous first responders

Halifax North Memorial Public Library.

Built in memory of the victims

YMCA Emergency Hospital following the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

From the classroom to the front lines

Names of the identified victims of the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

A book that speaks volumes

Vincent Coleman

Vincent Coleman, true bravery

Bell Tower Memorial at Fort Needham Park, Halifax NS.

A towering reminder

Portrait of Barbara Orr.

The bells of Barbara Orr

Volunteer medical personal who helped after the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

Medical help pours in

Relief hospital created to deal with the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

The vital work of relief hospitals

The former area of Richmond, which was destroyed during the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

Rebuilding Richmond

Blocks used to construct the Hydrostone District following the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

Building blocks of the reconstruction

The Hydrostone District, which was built following the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

Rising from the ashes

Stone monument honouring the historically significant Hydrostone District in Halifax, NS.

A national historic site

News article about the work of the Halifax Relief Commission following the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

Leading the way

McCall apartments constructed as temporary housing following the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

Housing the homeless.

The Mont Blanc, vessel from the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

Doomsday cargo

The ship Imo ashore in Dartmouth after the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

Headed for disaster

Norwegian steamship Imo in the harbour after the Halifax Explosion, 1917. 

Collision, fire, havoc

Children at a Christmas party in 1917.

Generous hearts

US naval ship in Halifax during the explosion of 1917.

Floating hospital

New Glasgow fire chief Doug Dort stands with a fire engine sent Halifax following the Halifax Explosion, 1917.  

Pictou County answers the call

Nurses from Montreal who arrived following the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

Waves of relief

HMCS Niobe in Halifax after conversion to depot ship, c.1916.

Daring rescue attempt

"The Hour of Horror in Devastated Richmond", 1918, pen and ink drawing.

Grim visions

Portrait of Samuel W. McCall (1916-1919).

Pledge from McCall

The devastated neighbourhood of Richmond after the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

Richmond. Gone.

Gottingen Street after the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

Inferno in the North End

Destroyed home after the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

Halifax wrecked

Destroyed school following the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

Grief in the ruins

Plaque for the Protestant Orphanage where Veith House is now located.

Memory of Veith Street

Wrecked Houses in Dartmouth following the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

Dartmouth destruction

Destroyed school at Turtle Grove following the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

Tragedy at Turtle Grove

Women walking from Africville towards Halifax, on Campbell Road near Hanover Street

Africville impact

Ruins of the Provincial Exhibition Building after the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

Fallen landmark.

Chebucto School. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Built 1910.

The great blast smote the place

Broken window at St. Paul's Anglican Church following the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

Ghost Window

Ceramic mug recovered from the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

Eternal reminder

Portrait of Georgina Curry Miner.

Unsung heroes

The Pacific Building, on Barrington Street in Halifax, 1941.

First aid at the YMCA

Caring for the children

Portrait of Fletcher Bartlett.

Emergency duty

Watchman's clock recovered after the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

Marking the moment

Metal fragment of the Mont Blanc from the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

Fragments of history

Portrait of Colonel W.E. Thompson.

Leading the relief effort

Portrait of Lt. Col. McKelvie Bell.

Medical force

Museum exhibit featuring a Ross Rifle from the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

Sentry On Duty

Excerpt from the Halifax Herald from April 1918.

Read all about it

The motor fire engine "Patricia" following the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

Sole Survivor

Portrait of Horatio Brannen.

Legendary Captain from Shelburne

Aftermath of the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

Day two: blizzard

Following the Halifax Explosion, 1917, survivors sought shelter in canvas tents.

Shelter from the storm

People waiting for food supplies at Armouries following the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

Aid at the Armouries

A medical aid station following the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

A defining moment in medical care

Surgeon William E. Ladd treating children injured during the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

Pioneer in pediatrics

Portrait of Mandee D'Entremont.

Fortunate twist of fate

Portrait of Benjamin Smith.

Lucky survivor from Trinity Bay

USS Tacoma circa the early 1900s. 

U.S. naval ships to the rescue

Screen capture of Gordon Boyd.

“Nothing but stumps”

Page of Frank Baker's diary, written in pencil.

Diary discovery

Hand written letter by H.M. Rosenberg, Dartmouth. 

From the Ferry

Halifax Hotel, 1917.

There came from every door a casualty

Halifax Explosion survivor Verna Jeffries.

Centenarian survivor

Reminiscence of Jean Holder 6 December, 1985.

The end of the world

United Memorial Church, Kaye Street, Halifax, shortly after completion .

United by disaster

Argyle Street at the corner of George Street, Halifax, showing pine coffins supplied to Snow & Co., Undertakers, for victims of the explosion.

Somber sight

Artist Laurie Swim, working on her project.

Monumental memorial quilt

Portrait of Deputy Mayor Henry Colwell.

City Hall takes action

Samuel W. McCall of Massachusetts visits Halifax, November 8-10, 1918.

A thankful visit

Page from the War-Cry, a newsletter by the Salvation Army (1918).

Salvation from disaster

Screen capture from video, What Happened to Esther, by Jenna Marks.

What happened to Esther

Portrait of Mary Hinch.

Morning of mourning

Entrance to Admiralty House Grounds. 

Navy helps Halifax carry on

Children getting food from a relief station after the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

Born of compassion

Douglas Snair, 100 years old and survivor of the Halifax Explosion.

Living to tell the tale

Kaye Chapman, 104, holds a photo of her parents and siblings taken a few years after the Halifax explosion of 1917. 

As young as I was, I can see everything

HMS Highflyer under sail.

HMS Highflyer

Albert Medal, presented to Lieutenant Commander Thomas Kenneth Triggs. 

Honouring the sacrifice

Image of the bow of the steamship Curaca sticking out of the water at Tufts Cove in Dartmouth after the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

Curaca suffers heavy casualties

Portrait of Boston Banker, J.J. Phelan.

First word reaches Boston

Portrait of Eric Davidson.

Inspiring perseverance

Photograph of Cecilia Coolen.

Just born. Lucky to be alive.

Book cover, Too Many to Mourn: One Family's Tragedy in the Halifax Explosion.

One family's tragedy

Screen capture of Kathleen MacDonald.

My mother was 3 days finding us all

Article from the New York Times, titled "Fund for the Blind".

Worldwide charity

City of Halifax before the Halifax Explosion, 1917.

City life before the explosion