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Halifax Explosion

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Date: 6 Dec 1917 [unknown]
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canadamap
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This page is intended to help document the destruction to people and families caused by the Halifax Explosion. We will attempt to add profiles for all people who lost their lives in the explosion that day (if they don't already exist), link them to the broader family tree, and categorise them with the relevant tags, including with the tag [[Category:1917 Halifax Explosion]]. We may create more specific categories as needed For the list of known names, see the working spreadsheet.



The Halifax Explosion was a disaster that occurred in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on the morning of 6 December 1917. SS Mont-Blanc, a French cargo ship laden with high explosives, collided with the Norwegian vessel SS Imo in the Narrows, a strait connecting the upper Halifax Harbour to Bedford Basin. A fire on board the Mont-Blanc led to a massive explosion that devastated the Richmond district of Halifax.

1,782 people were killed, largely in Halifax and Dartmouth, by the blast, debris, fires, or collapsed buildings, and an estimated 9,000 others were injured. The blast was the largest human-made explosion at the time,[1] releasing the equivalent energy of roughly 2.9 kilotons of TNT (12 TJ)

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Halifax Protestant Orphanage

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