January 2nd 1918

Work of the Explosion -

A 112 ton boat, 36 feet in length, was washed or thrown 150 feet up a hill on the Dartmouth side.

A part of the ten ton anchor on the Mont Blanc was thrown to the exhibition grounds and was found in the main building. The stock of the anchor was found in one of the school building at the north end, over two miles away, and the eye of the anchor was carried in the opposite direction and pierced the stage in St. Peter's hall, Dartmouth. The wreckage of the railway pier 9 was driven over to the Dartmouth shore and on the wrecked pier are the remains of a freight car. Commander Murray's boat; a craft sixty-five feet in length, which was near the Mont Blanc at the time of the explosion, was thrown out of the water on to a pier and through a shed. The tender Trusty was pierced by a large plate from the destroyed Mount Blanc. This was one and a half miles from the explosion.

S.H. Winfield, Chairman of the Halifax relief Committee, estimates the losses by the Halifax disaster 1,500 killed; 4,000 seriously wounded; value of homes destroyed or beyond repair, $7,000,000; damage to homes that can be repaired, plus furniture and personal effects, $8,000,000; damage to civic, provincial, federal, church, institutional and industrial property, $25,000,000, showing a total property loss of $40,000,000.


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