No one had ever seen anything like it. Nor would anyone again, until 1945 when an atomic bomb nicknamed “Little Boy” was dropped on Hiroshima.
When the munitions ship Mont-Blanc suddenly exploded in Halifax Harbour on December 6, 1917, the 2.9 kiloton blast instantly incinerated the ship and vaporized everything near it, causing a swath of death and destruction over ten square kilometres of Halifax and Dartmouth.
Over 2,000 men, women and children were killed, 9,000 were injured, more than 200 were partially blinded, and some lost all sight. Six thousand people were made homeless, and an additional 12,000 were left without shelter.
Based on his book Bearing Witness, author and historian Michael Dupuis will tell the story of Canada’s greatest Maritime disaster through the eyewitness accounts of journalists and record keepers who chronicled the event to the world.