Last week was the anniversary of the Halifax Explosion. Since we live fairly close to one of the memorials, Shiva and I headed over to check out the pretty wreaths laid by the Canadian Naval Forces in honour of the tragic event.
For those who don’t already know, the incident occurred during World War I on December 6th, 1917. Halifax is home to one of the country’s largest natural harbours and as such it became a vital base for supplies during the war. On that day, a French munitions ship collided in the middle of the harbour with a Norwegian vessel. The resulting explosion killed almost 2,000 people – many of whom were civilians – and decimated every structure within two square kilometres. Needless to say, the event is an important one to local history. It remains the world’s largest man-made accidental explosion.
How’s that for a lesson of the day?