1917 four photo postcards of aftermath of Halifax explosion

Four photos of the aftermath of one of the largest disasters in Canadian history.

  • Gottingen Street North Halifax N.S. – Showing destruction caused by explosion of Dec. 6th 1917
  • Children getting food from a relief station – Halifax Explosion Dec. 6th 1917
  • The Belgian Relief Ship “Imo” wrecked on Dartmouth Shore- - Halifax Explosion Dec. 6th 1917
  • Ruins of Sugar Refinery – Belgian Relief Steamer in background - Halifax Explosion Dec. 6th 1917

All published by H.H. Marshall Ltd Halifax N.S.

One card has some writing in outside photo “H.M.S. Niobe”. Two cards have paper remnants where cards mounted, and of those one has “H.M.S. Niobe” written on back. See photos.



The Halifax Explosion was a maritime disaster in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on the morning of 6 December 1917. SS Mont-Blanc, a French cargo ship laden with high explosives, collided with the Norwegian vessel SS Imo in the Narrows, a strait connecting the upper Halifax Harbour to Bedford Basin. A fire on board the French ship ignited her cargo, causing a large explosion that devastated the Richmond district of Halifax. Approximately 2,000 people were killed by blast, debris, fires and collapsed buildings, and an estimated 9,000 others were injured. The blast was the largest man-made explosion prior to the development of nuclear weapons, releasing the equivalent energy of roughly 2.9 kilotons of TNT.


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