Craig Baird

The Halifax Explosion: The Deadliest Day in Canadian History

Craig Baird has been podcasting about Canadian History on his show Canadian History Ehx since 2019. Over the course of 500-plus episodes, he has covered everything from Mr. Dressup to Canada’s history with slavery. He currently lives in Stony Plain, Alberta, and spends his days spreading Canada’s history on social media and through his show.

On the morning of 6 December 1917, the French cargo ship SS Mont-Blanc collided with the Norwegian vessel SS Imo in the waters of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The Mont-Blanc, laden with high explosives, caught fire and exploded, devastating Halifax. 1,782 people were killed, largely in Halifax and Dartmouth, by the blast, debris, fires, or collapsed buildings, and an estimated 9,000 others were injured. The blast was the largest human-made explosion at the time, releasing the equivalent energy of roughly 2.9 kilotons of TNT.

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