The Remembrance Tree Lights Up Boston

Perrin, Theresa E.
December 2003
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Dec2003, Vol. 129 Issue 12, p31
Conference Proceeding
This article focuses on a tree which is a memorial to the people who died on December 6, 1917, when the French merchant ship Mont Blanc collided with the Belgian relief ship Imo. When Mont Blanc approached Halifax Harbor from New York, it was filled with an explosive cargo of 2,300 tons of picric acid, 200 tons of TNT, 10 tons of gun cotton, and 35 tons of benzol gasoline. When the two ships collided, the Imo ripped a hole in the Mont Blanc's side. The Mont Blanch crew fled in lifeboats, trying to reach safety on the opposite shore. Blue India ink, also part of the Mont Blanc's cargo, tattooed itself deeply into the skin of those people closest to the blast, turning them deep blue.


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