Thursday, December 6, 1917, a horrible incident hit the city of Halifax, capital of Nova Scotia. On this dreadful day, the second largest manmade explosion in Historyoccurred in the center of Halifax harbor. The source of this disaster was the collision of two ships; the Mt Blanc and the Imo. 1917 was the time of the horrific war in Europe; however, Halifax, Nova Scotia, located on the Atlantic coast of Canada, comprised a huge part in this war.
The port of Halifax was full of activity, busy with the movement of war ships, troupes, relief supplies and munitions. At the high point of WWI, ships would enter harbor and proceed through the Narrows to the Bedford Basin where they could unload and reload war supplies, troops, setup a convoy, obtain supplies, etcetera. Halifax was not underestimated during this damaging time, for Halifax had the largest role in the War for all of Canada, as a strategic port. The greatness of Halifax's position can be attributed to her excellent distinctiveness.
The natural harbour is deep, free flowing from ice year-round. Since 1812, Halifax has been defended by many forts placed on islands throughout the harbour as an authentication to the port's ongoing importance. More of late in the early part of 1917, Halifax served as a key convoy system to assist in the reduction of losses from other boats.
The Bedford basin was ideal for convoys and ships to dock as it was isolated from the sea and other elements. Halifax, which was used in both World War I and II, remains a major port for the Canadian Royal Navy today. December 6, 1917, the factories were opening early at 7:00 to assist in efforts for the war. It was going to be a beautiful day, there wasn't a cloud in the sky, and the fog was already lifting and burning away at eight o'clock ; the city had no idea what the day had in store. The Halifax Ferry was taking workers across the harbour from Dartmouth to Halifax for means of work, s..