Curse of The Narrows: The Halifax Disaster of 1917

Curse of The Narrows: The Halifax Disaster of 1917

Laura M. MacDonald


The dramatic tale of 1 of the best mess ups in history

In 1917, the port of Halifax, Nova Scotia, used to be crowded with ships leaving for war-torn Europe. On December sixth, of them—the Mont Blanc and the Imo—collided within the Narrows, a hard-to-navigate stretch of the harbor. Ablaze, and with explosions on her deck filling the sky, the Mont Blanc grounded opposed to the city’s docks.
As hundreds of thousands rushed to their home windows and into the streets to monitor, she exploded with such strength that the 3,121 hundreds her iron hull vaporized in a cloud that shot up greater than 2,000 toes; the explosion was once so strange that Robert Oppenheimer could examine its results to foretell the devastation of an atomic bomb. The blast triggered an enormous wave that swept over components of town, by means of a slick, black rain that fell for ten mins. a lot of the town used to be flattened, and never one in 12,000 structures inside a 16-mile radius left undamaged. greater than 1,600 Haligonians have been killed and 6,000 injured; and inside of twenty-four hours, a snow fall had remoted Halifax from the world.
Set vividly opposed to the historical past of global conflict I, Curse of the Narrows is the 1st significant account of the world’s biggest pre-atomic explosion, the epic reduction challenge from Boston, and the riveting trial of the Mont Blanc’s captain and pilot. Laura M. Mac Donald is as adept at describing the dynamics of a series response explosion as she is at chronicling unforgettable human dramas of fabulous survival, unfathomable loss, and the clinical breakthroughs in pediatrics and eye surgical procedure that the disaster.
Using fundamental sources--many of which haven’t been learn in a long time and--with an excellent believe for narrative historical past, Mac Donald chronicles probably the most compelling and dramatic occasions of the 20 th century.

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