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On July 25, 1917 Colliery No. 12 was the site of Cape Breton’s worst ever disaster, where an underground explosion killed 65 people.
Label at bottom of photo:
DOMINION NO. 12 COLLIERY NEW WATERFORD CAPE BRETON CANADA
Based on ‘AZO’ photographic paper used, dates from 1904-1918.
Crease UL corner. Toning on back. Some paper indentations along back edge.
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)
The worst ever disaster in Cape Breton happened in Dominion No. 12 Colliery, New Waterford at 7:30 am on July 25, 1917. 270 men were at work when an explosion occurred in a crosscut being driven between two rooms in #6 West level.
62 miners were killed either outright by the blast, or by the afterdamp, and three 17-year-old surface workers who went down to help were asphyxiated by carbon monoxide. The 208 men working elsewhere in this extensive mine were mostly unaffected and escaped.