The Halifax Explosion
On December 6, 1917, two ships collided in Halifax harbour, resulting in the largest man-made explosion prior to the development of the atomic bomb. The story…
This is a story of TOGO, a grocery delivery horse and his owner (Uncle Arthur) in Halifax, Nova Scotia on December 6, 1917. Their world is turned upside-down at precisely 9:04:35 AM on that fateful day by a cataclysmic event – the Halifax Explosion. In an instant, their world is turned upside-down, but they quickly spring into action to save a young boy trapped in the rubble.
As news broke, newspapers from Toronto to Hawaii and France to Australia scrambled to provide readers with updated information. These and other stories gave face to a disaster which, at the time, was a mix of ever-changing statistics, details, and questions about blame. Often the reports were exaggerated and erroneous. Ingram traces these details and stories as she pieces together the different narratives, many of which have long faded into the larger story of the Halifax Explosion.
Barry Cahill describes the complex activities of an almost-unaccountable agency which took the place of municipal, provincial and federal governments in addressing the needs of the citizens and the city after the Explosion. He provides new insight into the pioneering town planning and construction of the Hydrostone neighbourhood in Halifax. He also explains why an ad-hoc disaster agency continued to operate for nearly sixty years after the catastrophic event which precipitated its establishment.
The Halifax Explosion is a fresh, revealing account that finally answers questions that have lingered for a century: Was the explosion a disaster triggered by simple human error? Was it caused by the negligence of the ships' pilots or captains? Was it the result of shortcomings in harbour practices and protocols? Or was the blast--as many people at the time insisted--the result of sabotage carried out by wartime German agents?
Survivors: Children of the Halifax Explosion by Janet Kitz. Survivors tells the story of seven children who survived the Halifax Explosion. All seven lived close to the spot where Imo collided with Mont Blanc, causing the fore that ignited the tons of explosives in its hold. The book describes the children's family, school, and social life before the explosion: their activities on that day; their experiences of the explosion itself; and the difference it has made to their lives.
Eric Davidson lost both eyes in the Halifax Explosion when he was two years old. Against all odds, he taught himself to become an auto mechanic and had a successful decades-long career as "one of the boys". This book does not gloss over the challenges faced by Eric and by his parents. Written by his daughter Marilyn, it gives new insights into the story of the 1917 Halifax Explosion and contains never-before-seen documents and photographs.
It's 1917 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The First World War is raging, and despite its distance from the conflict, the Halifax Harbour is bustling with activity. On the morning of December 6, Will Schneider is atop Citadel Hill reporting for the school paper, when he sees two ships collide. A flash of light, then thunder from underground: the Halifax Explosion hits.
On December 6, 1917, two tramp steamers, the Mont-Blanc and the Imo, collided in wartime Halifax Harbour, creating what became the largest man-made explosion of its time. More than 2000 people died, 9,000 were injured, 6,000 people were left homeless and an additional 19,000 were left without adequate shelter. In a combination of images and text, John Boileau delivers a breathtaking account of the magnitude of this event.
Beginning in Halifax on December 6, 1917 -- the day of the devastating Halifax Explosion -- this is a novel about war, the transformative power of art, and the resilience of the human spirit. It introduces us to Clare Holmes, a flaw-checker working at the glassworks, who loses an eye in the explosion; her fiance, Leo, stationed in France; and her new friend Fred, a German-Canadian glass-maker who introduces Clare to the School of Art and Design.
Amid the confusion and devastation that followed the Haliofax Explosion was fourteen-year-old Barbara Orr, who had been walking from her neighbourhood in Richmond to a friend's house. Follow Barbara as she navigates post-explosion Halifax, learning about rescue efforts, the kindness of strangers, and the bravery of heroes like Vincent Coleman along the way.
This is the story of 11-year-old Jess. She lives with her family in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in a house overlooking Halifax Harbour. The First World War is raging in Europe, and the harbour has become a shelter for supply ships. It is there that they form convoys for the long and dangerous voyage across the Atlantic. One morning in December 1917, everything changes and Jess's world is turned upside down. Gr. 2-4
On December 6, 1917, 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.
The little tree in this story that grew on a hill in a city by the sea, becomes a beacon of hope, perseverance and the human spirit. This tale follows a little tree who with the help of some friends will connect with the people of Boston, who's kindness was felt immediately after the explosion, creating a special friendship that will last for years to come.
Black Snow is a love story set during the Halifax Explosion. The 1917 disaster was the largest man-made blast the world had ever known, and it cut Halifax off from the rest of the world for the darkest thirty-six hours in its history. Rich in fact and shocking images, the story sets a blistering pace following one man's search through a ruined city for the love of his life as he confronts the wreckage of his past.
December 1917 is a photographic guide to the Halifax Explosion by noted local historians Janet Kitz and Joan Payzant. The authors profile locations in both Halifax and Dartmouth that were affected by the explosion, looking at the role of the explosion in the transformation of the two cities. Stories and anecdotes reveal the ways in which the explosion touched the lives of citizens, and original research brings to light new aspects of the explosion.
A tale of ordinary people in an extraordinary situation, this book retraces the steps of survivors through the wreckage of a city destroyed. Laura M. MacDonald weaves a panoramic chronicle of the astonishing international response to the explosion, especially by the city of Boston, of how the number of horrific injuries to Halifax's children inspired startling developments in pediatric medicine, and exploring the disaster's chilling link to the creation of the atomic bomb.
The Halifax Explosion took place on December 6, 1917 when a French munitions ship and a Belgian relief vessel collided in the harbour and exploded, killing more than 1600 people instantly, wounding more than 9000 others, and damaging or destroying approximately 12,000 buildings. This book details the devastation and the aftermath. It encompasses dozens of previously unpublished stories, photographs, and documents, along with some thought-provoking coverage of the inquiry into the disaster.
Barometer Rising by Hugh Maclennan. In the winter of 1917, Penelope Wain is convinced her love, Neil Macrae, is dead--killed in action while serving overseas. That he apparently died in disgrace does not alter her love for the soldier who, unbeknownst to her, has returned to Halifax to clear his name, only days before a catastrophic explosion in the Harbour will forever change their lives.
Some say it was the work of German spies. Others maintain that it was a tragic accident of unimaginable proportions. Whatever the cause, on a bitter morning in 1917 in the port of Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1,600 people were killed and 9,000 injured when a French munitions ship exploded after striking another vessel. THE HALIFAX EXPLOSION is a comprehensive examination of the tragedy. Eyewitness accounts capture the force and horror of the explosion the largest non-nuclear detonation in history! VHS
Thirteen-year-old Rose Dunlea feels embarrassed at being held back in school because she finds it difficult to read, and she prays that she won't have to attend school anymore. The next day, December 6, 1917, two ships collide in Halifax Harbour, resulting in the greatest human tragedy seen in Canada. Rose believes it is her fault. Grief stricken, she turns to the stories of her Irish grandmother that are stitched into the Irish Chain quilt for courage.
I wish I wasn't a twin." Twelve-year-old Jolene is determined to find independence from her brother, Michael, during a family trip to research the Halifax explosion of 1917 for her father's Museum of Disasters. When her grandfather finds a time crease into the past, Jolene discovers a new friend and the importance of family and loyalty in a world torn apart by World War I. When Michael joins them, however, the past suddenly becomes much more complicated.
This is the unforgettable story told in John U. Bacon's The Great Halifax Explosion: a ticktock account of fateful decisions that led to doom, the human faces of the blast's 11,000 casualties, and the equally moving individual stories of those who lived and selflessly threw themselves into urgent rescue work that saved thousands.