Conrads Lost in the Halifax Explosion
This page is dedicated to those Conrads who perished in the Halifax Explosion Dec. 6th 1917
Conrad, Owen G. Head of St Margaret's Bay, NS 28 1917-12-06
Conrad, Carol Head of St Margaret's Bay, NS
Conrad, Carl 10 Alexander St., Halifax, NS 20 1917-12-06
Conrad, Foster 95 Duncan St., Halifax, NS 40
Conrad, Edna Ruby 65 Hanover St., Halifax, NS 24 1917-12-06
Conrad, Dorothy M. 65 Hanover St., Halifax, NS 4 1917-12-06
Conrad, John A. 15 N Creighton St., Halifax, NS 25 1917-12-06
Conrad, Richard 15 N Creighton St., Halifax, NS 13 1917-12-06
Conrad, Robert 15 N Creighton St., Halifax, NS 13 1917-12-06
Conrad, Sarah 3 Rector St., Halifax, NS 55 1917-12-06
Conrad, Walter Jr LeClair Shore Rd., Dartmouth, NS 17 1917-12-06
Wikipedia - The Halifax Explosion occurred on Thursday, December 6, 1917, when the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, was devastated by the huge detonation of a French cargo ship, fully loaded with wartime explosives, that had accidentally collided with a ship set for Belgium in "The Narrows" section of the Halifax Harbour. Approximately 2,000 people (mostly Canadians) were killed by debris, fires, or collapsed buildings, and it is estimated that over 9,000 people were injured. This is still one of the world's largest man-made, conventional explosions to date.
At 8:40 in the morning, Mont-Blanc, a French cargo ship which was chartered by the French government to carry munitions, collided with the unloaded Norwegian ship Imo (pronounced E-mo), chartered by the Commission for Relief in Belgium to carry relief supplies. Mont-Blanc caught fire ten minutes after the collision and exploded about twenty-five minutes later (at 9:04:35 AM). All buildings and structures covering nearly two square kilometres along the adjacent shore of the exploded ship were obliterated, including those in the neighbouring communities of Richmond and Dartmouth. The explosion caused a tsunami in the harbour, and a pressure wave of air that snapped trees, bent iron rails, demolished buildings, grounded vessels, and carried fragments of the Mont-Blanc for kilometres.
Halifax Harbour filled with ships preparing to convoy much needed war relief supplies overseas.
Halifax Exposition Building - Click photo for larger version
The Imo after the explosion
Another view courtesy of the Nova Scotia Museum
Devasted waterfront - Click photo for larger view
Panorama of waterfront - Click photo to view full sized image