mont blanc mozart fountain pen Nova Scotia capital commemorates catastrophic Halifax Explosion 100 years ago
HALIFAX Sombre ceremonies are being held today in Halifax to mark 100 years since the port city was devastated by a wartime blast that killed approximately 2,000 people and injured an estimated 9,000 others.
The catastrophe, known as the Halifax Explosion, remains the worst human made disaster in Canadian history and was the largest artificial blast prior to the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima.
In 1917, nearly 2,000 men, women, and children were killed in the Halifax Explosion. 100 years later, we remember the victims of this terrible tragedy and all those who came to Halifax’s aid. 6, 1917 was caused by the collision between the French ship SS Mont Blanc, which was laden with high explosives, and the Norwegian vessel SS Imo in the strait connecting the Halifax harbour with the Bedford Basin.
The city official Halifax Explosion commemoration ceremony will be held in Fort Needham Memorial Park, not far from the spot where the Mont Blanc blew up, levelling much of the city north end and a Mi village on the other side of the harbour.
Residents have also been asked to sign books of remembrance placed at Halifax City Hall and Halifax Central Library.