Green Hill Park Explosion – Plaque Unveiling
Remembering a Marine Tragedy – The MV Greenhill Park Explosion
On March 6, 2018, members and pensioners of ILWU Canada, the BC Labour Heritage Centre, and representatives from the labour and marine community came together to remember a tragedy that happened on the Vancouver waterfront.
The gathering, at 10:00 AM, was on the seawall at the Vancouver Convention Centre West, where nearby on March 6, 1945, explosions and fire ravaged the MV Greenhill Park, killing six longshoremen of ILWU Local 501 and two seamen of the Canadian Seamen’s Union. Twenty-six others, including seven firemen, were injured.
A plaque, recognizing this tragic event, had been placed in this area some years ago, but as a result of new construction, was relocated to an area park and subsequently disappeared.
The ILWU Canada Pensioners Organization, with the support of the BC Labour Heritage Centre, the Vancouver Convention Centre, and WorkSafe BC, wanted to again have this tragedy remembered in a public place near where it happened.
The new plaque, again in its rightful place, overlooking the west side of Canada Place, which was previously the CPR dock and site of the explosion, was dedicated to the memory of those who died and were injured that fateful day.
The promenade (sea wall) at the Convention Centre West has more than 30 plaques that bring public awareness to B.C. Labour history and is part of an ongoing project by the B.C. Labour Heritage Centre.
ILWU Canada Pensioners Organization – 2018.