Mont Blanc Anchor Site

Mont Blanc Anchor Site, Halifax: Address, Mont Blanc Anchor Site Reviews: 3.5/5

Mont Blanc Anchor Site
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backpacker31
Boynton Beach, FL5,376 contributions
If You Can, Walk Here From Downtown
Aug 2019
Fascinated by the Halifax Explosion, I decided to find the site where the anchor of the Mont Blanc landed. I made it a point to walk from the harbouurfront to the anchor site in order to appreciate the magnitude of the distance this anchor traveled. It is almost incomprehensible. The small park-like area features some information about the explosion as well as some benches. The anchor (remnant) is featured prominently atop a simple stone base which is inscribed with the date of the explosion, anchor weight and distance traveled. The surrounding area is quite pleasant and includes a nearby waterfront park within a leafy neighborhood.
Written 19 August 2019
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Ray B
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Things have changed since 1972
Aug 2018 • Couples
I visited the site in 1972 and it was in the middle of a trailer park. Just look at it now! It was all dirt around it and kids were playing near by.
Written 18 November 2018
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Barius
32 contributions
Bookends
Jul 2018 • Couples
Felt we had to visit this as well after the main memorial. You don't get a good feeling for how far this item was thrown, unless perhaps if you walk between them. Nice recap of the event on the adjacent plaque.
Written 17 July 2018
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nwaynesworld
Nova Scotia1,514 contributions
Very Interesting
Nov 2017 • Family
Hard to believe that something so big and so heavy could be propelled some 4 km through the air. The 1917 blast from the Halifax Explosion was massive. The anchor site is located in a residential subdivision, which is located along the shores of the Northwest Arm. There is a nice walking trail located along the waterfront. Worth a visit.
Written 29 December 2017
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Larry C
4,316 contributions
100 years in 2017
Aug 2017 • Solo
December 6, 2017 will mark the 100th anniversary of the largest man-made explosion prior to the detonation of the atomic bombs in 1945.
A piece of anchor shaft from the Mont Blanc (weighing 1/2 ton) was hurled to its current location 2.3 miles (3.8 kms) from the explosion site.
The piece of metal is now mounted on a granite pedestal, in a little park, in a quiet residential area.
Not a dramatic monument, but definitely interesting, and a part of Halifax history.
There is good signage at the site.
Benches to sit on, if the weather permits.
Out of the city centre, and inconvenient to reach without an automobile.
Written 16 August 2017
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JDTravelhome
Canada656 contributions
Interesting story
Jun 2017 • Family
If in Halifax with a car then worth the quick visit. It's an interesting story, scary to think how far this traveled.
Written 25 June 2017
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Loren154976
Halifax, Canada64 contributions
Explosion Relic
Aug 2016 • Solo
The legendary anchor from the ship at the heart of the 1917 Halifax Explosion, this important relic flew approximately 3.5 miles from the harbour's Narrows to where it landed near this tiny park on the Northwest Arm. It's an iconic part of local history, its preservation here ensuring that it remains easily accessible to residents and any visitors interested in exploring the dwindling outdoor archive of Explosion-related rubble. For many years before it was placed in this recognized setting, it simply lay rusting in the bushes on a concrete slab. When it landed there on Dec. 6th, it reputedly dredged a six-foot-deep hole in the ground, later requiring a team of horses and many men to retrieve it.
Written 22 August 2016
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Edwin F
Calgary, Canada1,463 contributions
A piece of History
Nov 2015 • Couples
On a quiet residential street you will find this anchor shaft in the same location where it was hurled almost 100 years ago by the exploding munitions ship SS Mont Blanc. Worth a visit if you have time.
Written 9 November 2015
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dgg123
Halifax, Canada1,476 contributions
Amazing at the power of this tragedy
Oct 2015 • Couples
the Halifax Explosion really changed the landscape of this City and the power of the Explosion was horrific for its time and even now a days. if you are a student of history to go and see the location for this and the cannon on the Dartmouth side and then go to the museum of the Atlantic for the exhibit there.
Written 24 October 2015
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BoilerMakerBob
Greenwood, IN1,143 contributions
An Interesting Bit of History
Sep 2015 • Couples
We stopped in Halifax on a cruise ship and booked an independent tour guide.
We were unaware of the 1917 explosion when the French ship Mont Blanc exploded following a collision in the harbor.
We booked an independent tour guide who took us to this site - nearly 2.4 niles from the explosion - where the anchor shaft from Mont Blanc landed! It sat for years before being mounted in a permanent display. Worth a stop to complete that little bit of history.
Written 19 September 2015
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