Shipwrecks of Nova Scotia
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Wreck Chart #2
Halifax and Approaches
(Nova Scotia Museum)
The table below provides historical and statistical data on the vessel. Some of the information may be incomplete. If you have additions or corrections, please e-mail us at the address listed below.
|Vessel Name||Mont Blanc|
|Vessel Type||French freighter (munitions ship)|
|Owner||Cie Generale Transatlantique|
|Length / Beam / Draft (feet)||320' / 44' /|
|Propulsion||Steam / Screw|
|Cargo||Huge cargo of munitions bound for the war in Europe|
|Built||1899 at Middlesboro, UK|
|Date of Loss||December 6, 1917|
|Reason for Loss||Collision with Belgian freighter Imo, followed by the explosion of Mont Blanc's munitions cargo.|
|Fatalities||1 crewmen from the Mont Blanc, but about 2,000 fatalities in all|
|Last Trip||New York to Europe, via Halifax|
|Wreck Location||Halifax Harbour, The Narrows|
|Coordinates (Loran C)|
|Water Depth (feet)|
|Typical Visibility (feet)|
|Wreck Condition||Completely blow apart by the explosion and probably completely removed later on.|
the collision with the Imo, the Mont Blanc caught fire and
the crew escaped in lifeboats. Several minutes later, the ship
For more information on the Mont Blanc and the Great Halifax Explosion, see the following references...
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic - Mount Blanc
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic - Halifax Explosion
Archives Canada - Halifax Explosion
CBC - Halifax Explosion
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