Explosion in Halifax Harbour, 1917

Explosion in Halifax Harbour, 1917

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"In December 1917, Halifax Harbour, one of the greatest natural harbours in the world, was filled with naval convoys and merchant vessels while factories worked overtime in support of the Allied war effort in Europe. But on December 6, Canada's worst disaster struck, as two ships, one carrying high explosives, collided. The explosion killed and injured thousands, razing the city's North End and destroying nearly everything in its path. The story of the worst human-made explosion before Hiroshima is the account of tremendous human suffering and devastation, yet also of human bravery and survival against all odds. Chaos and confusion reigned that day in Halifax and Dartmouth but what followed was a massive relief effort involving charitable assistance from all over the globe - especially Massachusetts. A detailed account of the event, chronicling many remarkable human tragedies, rescue and relief efforts, attempts to place blame for the collision, and the reconstruction program that created Canada's first government-assisted housing program. Includes 60 full-colour images as well as sidebars on many monuments and commemorations that pay tribute to this catastrophic event that took place 100 years ago. Author Dan Soucoup has worked as a bookseller and publisher for many years. He is the author of numerous historical books about the Maritimes, including Failures and Fiascos, A Short History of Halifax, Railways of New Brunswick, and Know New Brunswick. He lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia"--Back cover.
Publisher: Halifax, NS : Nimbus Publishing, 2017
Branch Call Number: 971.6225 S719e
Characteristics: 123 p. : ill., some col. ; 21 cm

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