The largest explosion of the Great War took place, neither in the trenches nor in the no-man’s land between them, but on the other side of the Atlantic in Halifax Harbour, Nova Scotia. A ship packed with munitions, collided with another vessel in the harbour causing a catastrophic explosion which reduced the city to ruins and killed approximately 2000 people.
In the succeeding months Halifax Harbour became a focus for photographers and artists including the English artist Harold Gilman who was working on a commission for an ongoing series of ‘Canadian War Memorials’.
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Image Credit: Harold Gilman and the Halifax Explosion