“Springhill Mine Disaster (1891)”


"Hark, the horn blows loud and long, There is something wrong ... One hundred three and twenty Of our Springhill miners dead Killed in the bowels of the earth Where none could hear their cries"


February 21, 1891: Springhill Coal Mine explosion kills 125 men. (Source: our roots/nos racines (Canada's local histories online) _Story of the Springhill Colliery Explosion_ : comprising a full and authentic account of the great coal mining explosion at Springhill Mines, Nova Scotia, February 21st, 1891, including a history of Springhill and its collieries_ by R.A.H. Morrow.) - BS

This was not the last disaster in the Springhill coal mines; Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl documented the 1958 tragedy in "Springhill Mine Disaster (1958)." - RBW

Historical references

  • Feb 21, 1891 - Springhill Disaster

Cross references

  • cf. "La Complainte de Springhill (The Lament of Springhill)" (subject)


  1. Creighton-Maritime, p. 185, "Springhill Mine Disaster (1891)" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. DT, SPRINGH2*
  3. Roud #2713
  4. BI, CrMa185


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1961 (Creighton-Maritime)
Keywords: death mining disaster
Found in: Canada(Mar)