Halifax Explosion Links

Halifax Public Libraries

Halifax Regional Municipality

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

  • Halifax Explosion
    Details about the permanent exhibition entitled "Halifax Wrecked," with links to a gallery of images and to information about Vince Coleman and the ships involved in the Explosion.

Nova Scotia Archives

  • A Vision of Regeneration
    A look at the post-Explosion reconstruction that took place between 1917 and 1921, including the devastation and regeneration of Halifax's North End communities.
  • Halifax Explosion Remembrance Book
    Sponsored by the Halifax Foundation, this surname database is a definitive listing of the estimated 2,000 known victims of the Halifax Explosion. Results include name, age, religion, family members, and other sources of information.
  • 1917 Halifax Explosion
    Nova Scotia Archives main web site for their Halifax Explosion collection, including personal narratives, black and white film, and an introduction to the Halifax Relief Commission records.
  • Still Standing: W.G. MacLaughlan Albums of Buildings Damaged by the Halifax Explosion
    Explore 123 photographs  of damaged and destroyed buildings around Halifax by Prince Edward Island photographer W.G. MacLaughlan.

Library and Archives Canada

  • Soldiers of the First World War: 1914-1918
    Many soldiers were overseas when their families struggled in the aftermath of the Explosion. A few, such as Francis John Howley, lost their lives in Halifax. This database of over 600,000 enlisted Canadian Expeditionary Force soldiers provides access to digitized attestation and military service files.
  • Thematic Guides - Halifax Explosion
    This guide consists of specific archival holdings and a selected bibliography relating to the Halifax Explosion in the Library and Archives Canada collection.

Other Online Sources

  • Canadian Archival Information Network
    Search individual, family and society records held by other archival institutions, historical societies and museums across Canada, including the Halifax School for the Blind, and the Saint Mary's University Oral History Project Collection.
  • Canadian War Museum: The Halifax Explosion
    A brief introduction to the Halifax Explosion as a home-front disaster with an interesting link to a report by the Senior Naval Officer of the British cruiser, the H.M.S. Highflyer.
  • CBC: A City Destroyed
    On Dec. 6, 1917, a munitions ship loaded with explosive cargo collided with another vessel in Halifax Harbour, resulting in one of the deadliest disasters in Canadian history. This interactive re-creates that event and its aftermath in a 3D virtual environment.
  • Council of Nova Scotia Archives: MemoryNS
    Search archival collections big and small in Nova Scotia, such as the St. Paul’s Church Archives or the Eastern Shore Archives.
  • The Halifax Explosion: In the Blink of an Eye
    Created by Alan Ruffman and Wendy Findley of Geomarine Associates Ltd., this site offers a good overview of the Explosion, complete with an extensive bibliography of Explosion-related research materials.
  • HalifaxExplosion.Net
    Created by Joel Zemel of SVP Productions, this web site contains information about the Halifax Explosion, the legal proceedings that followed, and a detailed analysis of the Explosion’s blast cloud photographs.
  • Historica Minutes
    This website includes teacher lesson plans and the video “Halifax Explosion,” voted best heritage minute by Historica Canada’s #MinutesMadness Twitter contest. The video highlights Vince Coleman’s heroic efforts to stop a train from approaching Halifax.