• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Halifax Explosion of 1917

Extracts from this document...


December 7, 1967 Memorial In Memory Of Those Killed Citizens of Halifax gathered yesterday at town hall, fifty years after the explosive tragedy that shook our town, in memorial of the 2000 killed and 9000 injured by the Halifax Explosion. The explosion took place on December 6, 1917 just before 9:05 am. Twenty-five minutes earlier, the S.S. Mont Blanc collided with the S.S. Imo. S.S. Mont Blanc was a munitions ship packed with over 2600 tonnes of explosives, and sparks from the Imo's engines ignited vapours released by the Mont Blanc's explosive cargo. ...read more.


Emily Ignatieff told the audience at the memorial her emotional story. "Both my husband and son were on the S.S. Imo. When I learned that the shockwave I felt came from a collision involving the S.S. Imo, I was so worried for their safety. My son made it out alive, with only minor injuries from flying debris, but my husband tragically drowned while swimming to shore." "I was at home getting ready to walk to work when I heard the explosion from Cape Breton," Bill Irwin recalls. ...read more.


The accident remains to this day the world's largest man-made accidental explosion. After the explosion, Medical aid stormed in throughout the country in order to help the wounded. The hospitals were filled in no time. By afternoon, doctors and nurses from Amherst, Truro, Kentville and New Glasgow came to Halifax. The trains they arrived on left loaded with casualties and refugees heading away from the horror. The destruction from the explosion was enormous. With over 12000 buildings severely damaged and 2000 completely destroyed, 6000 people were completely homeless. 30 shelters sprang up around Halifax, but many people just stayed anywhere they could find a warm dry place. ?? ?? ?? ?? Halifax Explosion - News Report Halifax Explosion - News Report ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE History Projects section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE History Projects essays

  1. Causes of the February 1917 revolution

    As it was far too much work for just one man it caused the Tsar to have less control. Another long term cause was that Russia had a wide cultural difference within the Empire, many different religions, nationalities and languages within it.

  2. The Other Side of the Destruction

    some of them might have acted in an educated, cultured and sophisticated way, Las Casas provokes the reader to question the truth of his account yet again. The intriguing thing to note here is that Las Casas confirms both the submissiveness of the natives of the New World and the

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work