Unique photographs taken by WWI sailor show the biggest manmade explosion in history when two warships crashed into each other
The photos taken by Royal Navy Lt Victor Magnus have emerged nearly 100 years after they were taken and show the moment a French and Norwegian ship collided during the 'Halifax Explosion'.
Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance
The Remembrance Book contains a list of the 1,951 people identified as having perished as a direct result of the 1917 explosion. Beside the name of each victim is listed the age and local residential addresses at the time of the explosion, in addition to their burial sites.
On the morning of December 6, 1917, a Norwegian ship, the SS Imo, collided with the French munitions vessel, the SS Mont Blanc, in the harbor of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Within 20 minutes, a fire spreading into the Mont Blanc's cargo of assorted ammunition ignited and exploded in what is regarded as the largest man-made pre-nuclear explosion in human history. An iron cannon from the Mont Blanc landed in a field nearly four miles away. A monument was created where the cannon fell.