Halifax Explosion Essay

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On December 6, 1917 the Norwegian vessel SS Imo, carrying Belgian relief supplies, and the French freighter SS Mont Blanc, carrying munitions, collided in Halifax Harbor. The ships' captains had made very wrong assumptions of where they were supposed to go. The two ships were heading almost straight for one another when they both decided to turn westward. By the time they realized that they had made the same move it was too late. The people of Halifax were tremendously affected by the power of the explosion, 1600 people died instantly and over 9000 were injured. There was over $35,000,000.00 dollars damage. There was no way that the town of Halifax could pay for the damages, so there were many donations made by other governments that helped the economy.Within hours of the explosion, the Halifax Relief Committee, a volunteer organization, was organized. Its duties were sheltering the homeless, identification of the dead and injured, construction of temporary housing and the appraisal of demolished and damaged buildings. "Richmond" was the area in which the economy was most affected (Bedford Basin, Halifax Harbor, Russell Street, Robie Street and Kempt Road).Robert S. Low was the general manager for the construction committee. He was able to bring in an army of carpenters, masons, plumbers, electricians and other tradesmen who were ready to begin rebuilding. To assist in reconstruction planning for the devastated area, the Commission asked Mr. Adams - a very well known architect - to also help. Adams was teamed up with a colleague - architect George Ross - of the firm of Ross and Macdonald of Montreal, who offered their services at a bargain rate in February 1918. Their goal was to come up with a building that could withstand any natural force, be non-costly and also look good as well. Their decision, hydrostone. Hydrostone wasn't costly and it fit their needs. It turned out to be great, everyone was happy with the way their new "living-quarters" looked and felt. It also cut building prices almost in half! By late January, 1918 temporary housing was complete and the economy was getting stronger. There was even some Permanent housing set up. Hardly any of the money that was donated was used yet, since there were so many volunteers.Most of the small businesses if not all, in the Richmond area were swept away in the explosion also. Everyone was thrown from their regular ways of life. All of the store-owners were S.O.L because they had no way to prove to the Halifax Relief...

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