Column: Anniversary of Halifax Explosion

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County)

TitleColumn: Column: Anniversary of Halifax Explosion

Snippet: I’ve lived in Nova Scotia all my life except for a short term in my early twenties. Growing up in the school system and in close proximity to Halifax, I learned about the Halifax Explosion early in life. What I didn’t know as a young girl though was the scope of devastation and the number of people it impacted locally, across Canada and elsewhere.

In December 1917, Canada was at war with the Central Powers in Europe (Germany, Austria-Hungary and Turkey). The ice-free harbour of Halifax, NS, was strategically placed, making it a vital link to the conflict overseas. It was the perfect staging area for trans-Atlantic convoys. Military personnel from across the country congregated in Halifax, Dartmouth and Bedford. They either prepared to be shipped overseas or remained at military facilities to help with the war effort on this side of the Atlantic. Civilian men and women also came for many reasons, including to be labourers.

The military activities, merchant vessels and other types of water craft movement made traffic in Halifax Harbour extremely heavy. Add to this, the types of cargo being transported, such as fuel, ammunition and explosives, it was a recipe for disaster.

On the morning of December 6, 1917 a cataclysmic event struck, leaving large sections of Halifax and Dartmouth in ruins.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.

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