Objects and Photographs


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Halifax Pier, 1917
Halifax Pier, 1917

This remarkable photograph shows some of the damage caused by the force of the blast and the resulting tidal wave from the Halifax Explosion.

Walter Wonham, training as a Royal Canadian Navy wireless (radio) operator, took this photograph from inside HMCS Niobe. The explosion and resulting tidal wave slammed Niobe into the pier and shattered the gangway leading up to the ship (centre right and left). The explosion also smashed the wireless training school, killing one of Wonham's fellow students and badly injuring four others.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 20080060-001_9d

Torpedo Practice, HMCS Grilse
Lieutenant Jack Ross and Sailors of HMCS Grilse
Two Sailors on Board HMCS Grilse
HMCS Grilse's Crew
Convoy of the First Contingent
Bridge, RMS Megantic
SS Scandinavian, Canadian Transport
Dazzle-painted Merchant Ship, Halifax Harbour
Thomas Moore in Summer Uniform
Thomas Moore, Postwar
Royal Navy Warships, Firth of Forth, Scotland
Sub-Lieutenant Douglas Urry, Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve
"And it blew wondrous cold", Royal Naval Motor Boat Reserve
Motor Launch ML 399, in Drydock, Grimsby
Reloading Motor Launch ML 139 with Depth Charges
Motor Launches Attack an Enemy Submarine
Motor Launch Rescues Crashed Seaplane
Canadians Serving in HMS Canada
Flight Commander Wilfred Austin Curtis
Halifax Pier, 1917
YMCA Building, Halifax, 1917
Dockyard Gate, Halifax, 1917
HMS Highflyer
HMCS Niobe, 1917