Dockyard Gate, Halifax, 1917
This rare photograph shows the gate of the Halifax Dockyard (centre, left) and the damage to naval buildings in the explosion's aftermath.
The Halifax Dockyard was a key meeting place for ships, cargoes, and trains. The explosion ripped through this area, damaging the Royal Naval College of Canada (left) and injuring a number of cadets and staff. Elsewhere in the dockyard, flying debris and collapsing buildings killed and maimed people. Some accounts claim that the explosion knocked down two of HMCS Niobe's four funnels. This photograph shows all four (centre, behind damaged centre building) intact, although two of them were so badly damaged that they were later removed.
George Metcalf Archival Collection