On December 6, 1917, the biggest man-made explosion prior to the atom bomb occurred in Halifax Harbour.
*A little help needed* I visited the cache on Aug. 19 to replace the wet contents, but unfortunately the cache had disappeared, and I didn't have an extra film canister with me. I had to leave the new log book and pencil in a ziploc bag without a container to help protect it, and it will be some time before I am in the area again. If the next cacher could take a film canister with them and put the new log in it, I'd appreciate the help. Thanks!
In 1917 Halifax was a booming port involved in the World War I effort. But on that December morning the Mont-Blanc, loaded with munitions bound for the war in France, collided with the Imo. The end result was an explosion that devastated the city. Buildings were flattened, more than a thousand people were dead by the end of the day, a thousand more would die before it was all over, and nine thousand people were left injured. For more information about the day and aftermath of the Halifax Explosion, click here.
This bell tower was erected as a memorial "to those who lost their lives or suffered injuries ... and to the survivors who rebuilt the cities or Halifax & Dartmouth."
Please note: Some cachers have noticed some rather unruly kids in the park, and indications the area might be a hangout. Please do this cache during the daytime and make sure the area is unoccupied before searching for the container.
To find other caches in the Halifax Explosion series, click here.