Painting Marks Explosion Anniversary

Burning ships, flying glass and lost lives. They’re just some of the unforgettable images associated with the Halifax Explosion — one of the darkest chapters in the city’s history. Tomorrow, up to 600 people — including survivors — are expected to gather for the 90th anniversary of the devastating blast, the largest man-made explosion before the atomic bomb.“We have survivors coming from Toronto, the United Kingdom, two in from the United States and the rest, of course, from the local area in the Maritimes,” Greg King said. “We’ve got almost a hundred people working on this event to make it happen.”

The event is part of a week’s worth of activities taking place to mark the anniversary. Artist Brian O’Grady was commissioned to produce a painting to mark the ceremony at Saint Mary’s. He said Morning at the Narrows shows the split-second before the Mont-Blanc’s cargo blew up.


A retired high school history teacher, for the last 18 months, King has lead the efforts to plan tomorrow’s ceremony. It will mark the chain of events that took place on Dec. 6, 1917, after the Mont-Blanc and Imo collided in Halifax Harbour.

King has been working closely with Saint Mary’s University to bring 23 of the remaining 35 explosion survivors to the ceremonies.

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