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The second document is more extensive, an oversized ledger comprised of hundreds of pages. Entitled Index B, this volume contains an alphabetic listing of names accompanied by file numbers issued over the period 1917-20. “This is believed to be an index to returns made by persons who lost property in the Explosion and compensation given to them,” according to experts at the provincial depository. It is not possible for archivists to be more specific, for documentary holdings are incomplete: The Halifax Relief Commission periodically vetted records before any remaining papers were finally deposited at the Nova Scotia Archives. This important ledger does, nonetheless, add a new dimension to our knowledge of Africville and the Halifax Explosion and, like the Nov. 8 minutes, calls into doubt the summary reports on Africville issued by the Relief Commission.

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There is a movie about it. It’s called “Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion.
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Smith, on page 115, among the postcards of the ruins Halifax and Dartmouth, is "The Immense Cloud of Smoke caused by the Explosion".

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actually take the photograph of the blast cloud for their post card?

According to information found in "Ground Zero", The postcard (number 29), "THE IMMENSE SMOKE CLOUDS FROM EXPLOSION", was one of several known Halifax Explosion postcards published by Cox Bros.

MacLennan lived in Halifax as a child and witnessed the explosion at the age of 10.
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Although documents exist proving individual residents of Africville and its church had continuing communications with relief authorities regarding compensation, charges have been levelled that the community itself was excluded purposely from post-explosion reconstruction. “Rebuilding efforts bypassed Africville,” journalist Jon Tattrie wrote. “There was relief aplenty after the Halifax Explosion on Dec. 6, 1917, but not across the tracks,” referring to Africville.

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Shortly after 9 a.m. on Dec. 6, 1917 a vessel carrying munitions exploded in the Narrows of Halifax Harbour, devastating much of the north end of the city. Two popular myths have emerged from that event: Africville, a black neighbourhood on the shores of Bedford Basin, escaped destruction, sheltered by the heights of the Halifax peninsula; and, following the explosion, Halifax Relief authorities deliberately denied reconstruction aid to Africville. Although mutually-exclusive, neither myth bears close scrutiny.

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There are additional indications of damage to Africville occurring that December morning. In his 1920 doctoral thesis, a study of the explosion, Samuel H. Prince described the main rail line northward from Halifax’s North Street Depot along the harbour and around the shore of the Bedford Basin as impassable due to the Dec. 6 explosion. There were “three miles of track buried in debris,” Prince reported, and he noted that it remained that way for two days. Three miles from the North Street Depot would have taken one almost to Rockingham Station, suggesting that Africville, midway between these two points, must have been under an intense barrage of flying rubble in the immediate aftermath of the explosion.

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On the morning of December 6, 1917, two passenger trains en route to the port city of Halifax, Nova Scotia were stopped in response to a brief, cryptic telegraph message sent from Halifax station: “Munition ships on fire. Making for Pier 6. Goodbye.” The ship described in the message was the French munitions ship Mont-Blanc, which was adrift in Halifax harbor, burning, and loaded with almost 2,700 tonnes of explosives intended for use in the first world war which was then raging in Europe.