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Remembering the Halifax Explosion


On Friday, December 6, at 9:05 am, Royal Canadian Navy vessels will sound their horns in Halifax Harbour to mark the Halifax Explosion. They will be joined by merchant and visiting ships, as well as Tall Ship SilvaTheodore Tugboat and others.

A special participant is CSS Acadia, which is berthed year round at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on the Halifax waterfront. In fact, Acadia was the Bedford Basin guard ship on the morning of Dec. 6, 1917.

This is expected line up with a cannon salute from Citadel Hill and church bells ringing in Halifax, Dartmouth and Bedford immediately following.

The Halifax Explosion was the largest man made explosion in history prior to Hiroshima. The Begian relief ship Imo collided with the French munitions ship Mont Blancmid point in the Halifax Harbour narrows, they caught fire and the explosion followed.