This stamp commemorates the 100th anniversary of the tragic Halifax Explosion and depicts the aftermath of a collision between two ships in the Halifax Harbour Narrows on the morning of December 6, 1917. One of the two, the French vessel Mont-Blanc, was laden with volatile explosives. The stricken Mont-Blanc caught fire and drifted toward shore, where it exploded. The massive blast caused nearly 2,000 deaths, 9,000 injuries, and millions of dollars in damage. At the time, it was the largest man-made explosion in history. This issue also salutes the resilience of the Haligonians who rebuilt their city from the ashes.
This unique stamp from Halifax-based Burke & Burke Design combines the scene of the fateful collision with the dramatic front page from the following day's Halifax Herald. Halifax was a bustling port supplying Canada’s efforts in the First World War in 1917. The blast occurred when a fire detonated munitions aboard the French ship Mont-Blanc after it struck the Imo, a Norwegian cargo ship.