Halifax in Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia — The Atlantic Provinces
The Explosion Clock
The clock face, a replica of the City Hall clock-stopped by the Explosion, is a memorial to more than 1900 who died and 10,000 who suffered injuries, many grievous and life-long, in the most violent man-made non-laboratory explosion before the atomic bomb.
Erected by The Halifax Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters • War, World I • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is December 6, 1917.
Location. 44° 38.957′ N, 63° 34.538′ W. Marker is in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Halifax Regional Municipality. Marker is on Duke Street just east of Argyle Street, on the left when traveling east. Marker is mounted above eye-level on the south side of the Duke Tower commercial complex, facing Halifax City Hall and the subject clock tower. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5201 Duke Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1N9, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking "Old" Dalhousie and the Grand Parade (within shouting distance of this marker); Halifax City Hall / Hôtel de ville d'Halifax (within shouting distance of this marker); The Grand Parade (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Gilbert Stuart Newton (about 90 meters away); Cast Iron Facade / Façade en Fonte (about 90 meters away); William Thomas (about 120 meters away); St. Paul’s Church / Église St. Pauls (about 180 meters away); South African War Monument (about 210 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Halifax.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Halifax City Hall
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1. Halifax explosion of 1917. Shortly before 9:00 am the Imo, a Norwegian steamship carrying supplies for the Belgian Relief Commission (a World War I-era relief organization), headed out of Halifax Harbour and found itself on a collision course with the French steamship Mont-Blanc. Unbeknownst to others in the harbour, the Mont-Blanc was carrying 2,925 metric tons of explosives — including 62 metric tons of guncotton, 246 metric tons of benzol, 250 metric tons of trinitrotoluene (TNT), and 2,367 metric tons of picric acid — destined for the French war effort. After exchanging warning signals, (Submitted on September 17, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. New city hall clock commemorates Halifax Explosion. (from CBS news, Jun 05, 1999) Almost 82 years after it came to a sudden stop, the clock on the Halifax City Hall has been replaced. The giant clock froze on Dec. 6, 1917, when two ships blew up in Halifax harbour in the biggest disaster in Canadian history. The new clock has two faces, one that shows the correct time, and another that will remain at four minutes and 35 seconds after nine o'clock. That's the exact time of the accident known as the Halifax Explosion. The clock's restoration is part of the festivities marking the 250th anniversary of the founding of Halifax. (Submitted on September 17, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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