On the 100th anniversary of the halifax explosion, two new. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading the great halifax explosion. It was a devastating moment in canadian history, the impact of which still. Heritage minutes, formerly known as historica minutes.
The halifax explosion was a disaster that occurred in halifax, nova scotia, canada, on the morning of 6 december 1917. Its been sitting on my shelf for the past six years. John boileau, a historian and retired canadian army colonel, has written a book, 6. This handsome book helps us see this centuryold catastrophe as never before. Halifax, nova scotia, canada is a modern port city teeming with culture and heritage and the perfect place for your next holiday vacation. John demont explores the deep history and heritage of nova scotia in his new memoir. The heritage minutes collection is a bilingual canadian legacy project comprised of 60second short films, each depicting a significant person, event or story in canadian history. Jan 17, 2019 guides to records about the halifax explosion. Most people believe that world war ii ended with v day on 8th may 1945, but the reality was that, after the resolution in europe, war continued in the pacific. Growing up watching the cbc, i would always see the heritage moments in honour of. Her book told the story of nineyearold macky as he delivers newspapers both before and after the explosion. The heritage minutes are a collection of bilingual canadian 60second short films, each depicting a significant person, event or story in canadian history. Halifax explosion books tagged halifax explosion librarything.
Halifax explosion gallery georgina miner watch m2018. The port was a major hub of wartime activity and halifax harbour was crowded with warships, troop transports and. Africville, campbell road, halifax, nova scotia 45 19171206. That famous heritage minute video where the doomed vincent coleman sends. The halifax explosion devastated the north end of the city, killing nearly 2,000 and injuring 9,000. In ancient anglosaxon england, the ancestors of the halton surname lived in halton, a very common placename in england. Jul 14, 2015 the halifax explosion occured in halifax, nova scotia, on the morning of dec. Kitz 4 times halifax explosion by graham metson 3 times too many to mourn by james mahar 3 times burden of desire harvest book. A new halifax podcast, minute women, explores the full canadian history behind the popular heritage minutes from historica canada by blending comedy and research. Bacon recreates the recklessness that caused the tragedy, the selfless rescue efforts that saved thousands, and the inspiring resilience that rebuilt the town. In this definitive account, bestselling author john u.
A goodreads search for halifax explosion returns more than 40 titles. The author relates the circumstances of the accident that caused the explosion, as well as the recovery efforts and subsequent inquiry into the event. Most canadians will have seen the heritage minute segment on. The halifax explosion was the largest manmade explosion until the first atomic bomb was detonated over hiroshima, japan, in 1945. Thomas patrick foran 18891917, canadian resident from halifax, nova scotia, canada who died in the explosion. The montblanc was a munitions ship on its way to join a convoy sailing to wartorn europe. Like the canada vignettes of the 1970s, the minutes themselves have become a part of canadian culture and been the subject of academic. Library and archives canada lac holds various records that tell part of the story of the halifax explosion, its aftermath, and the relief work and investigations following the disaster. Halifax explosion of 1917 a thick cloud of smoke billowing over halifax and nearby towns, such as africville, in nova scotia, canada, after a munitions ship exploded in the halifax harbour on december 6, 1917. While it is somewhat repetitive, it is a very good introduction to the terrible halifax explosion. The halifax explosion 1917 nova scotia, canada youtube. A fire on board the french ship ignited her cargo, causing a massive explosion that.
Bacon is the author of the national bestseller the great halifax explosion and four bestselling books about college football, including three and out, fourth and long, endzone, and bos lasting lessons, coauthored with michigan coach bo schembechler. The explosion, canadian author ken cuthbertson contends, is one of the few canadian historical events that the world and, indeed, canadians themselves remember. Jacqueline halsey, whose book explosion newsie formac was published in 2015, will join john and belle demont and simons to discuss how children relate to the citys most notable moment at a book festival in the city this weekend. The halifax explosion of 6 december 1917, the biggest humanmade blast before the atomic bomb, holds a poignant place in my family history. Annie foran, canadian resident from halifax, nova scotia, canada who died in the explosion. Dan soucoups book, explosion in halifax harbour 1917 nimbus begins with a history of halifax. Who was to blame for huge halifax explosion 100 years ago. After the collision the montblanc was grounded at pier 6 and 20 minutes later kaboom. Fiction about the halifax explosion disaster that occurred in 1917 and killed 2,000 people. Beeds tours of halifax in 2001 and bought this book. View from the waterfront looking west from the ruins of the sugar refinery across the obliterated richmond district several days after the explosion. Halifax explosion book of remembrance beside the name of each victim is listed the age and local residential addresses at the time of the explosion, in addition to their burial sites. While my maternal grandfather and two of his brothers were fighting in the trenches of europe, their father, my great grandfather, and a brotherinlaw, were working as stevedores on the halifax waterfront. Here are some books exploring the many facets of this canadian tragedy, the communities it happened to, and its lasting repercussions.
The institute offered our book of lists their top 10 segments, determined by both. Evan wyatt was a recentlymarried officer with a promising career in the royal canadian navy. Century after halifaxs great explosion, city marks. Was the explosion a disaster triggered by simple human error. Corpses, many dismembered or burned beyond recognition, were scattered everywhere. Posts about the halifax explosion written by triedtestedandtruemommy. The halifax explosion remembrance book is the first really definitive listing for those killed in the disaster of 6 december 1917.
While the halifax explosion of 1917 was a calamity, it was not the only major wartime explosion suffered by the locals. The halifax explosion has frequently been the subject of works of popular culture. This one is actually quite sad and im glad that they created this commercial, as it highlights and important moment in canadian history that most. This one is actually quite sad and im glad that they created this commercial, as it highlights and important moment in canadian history that most people in canada werent. The heritage minute episode on the halifax explosion tied for the most popular in. In 1917, halifax, nova scotia was the main base of the new canadian navy and housed the most important army garrison in canada. The halifax explosion of 1945 canada history and mysteries. The halifax explosion was the deadliest disaster in canadian history.
Excerpt from the great halifax explosion book details collision of 2 ships and the explosion that altered a city, residents and relations between canada and u. The halifax explosion of 1917 was the largest manmade explosion before hiroshima. An introduction to the halifax explosion from one moment to. That famous heritage minute video where the doomed vincent. A primitive seismometer located in the basement of the old physics building at dalhousie university recorded the event. The halifax explosion in nonfiction the great halifax explosion. Canadas worst disaster on your kindle in under a minute. This is a terrific onestop overview of the devastating human cost that was the halifax explosion. Rewriting the history of the halifax explosion cbc. The 1917 halifax explosion was an unfortunate but predictable tragedy, given the sea traffic and munitions cargo, resulting in sudden largescale damage and catastrophic injuries, with 1950 dead. The blast released an explosive force equal to about 2. The entire halifax region delights with its impressive array of entertainment, museums, galleries, historic sit. List of disasters in canada by death toll wikipedia.
Score a books total score is based on multiple factors, including the number of people who have voted for it and how highly those voters ranked the book. Nov 09, 2017 the halifax explosion has been immortalized in miniseries, heritage minute and no shortage of books, but canadas greatest disaster can be neither overstated nor too oft told. Filed under behind the scenes and tagged avro arrow, canada, canada day, canada heritage moments, canadian, dr wilder penfield, free health care, maple syrup, nellie mcclung, sam steele, soddies, the bluenose, the halifax explosion leave a comment. This nonfiction is an account of a tragedy which occurred in halifax, canada, at the end of the fourth year of the great war. Dec 06, 2017 halifaxs harbor after the explosion in december 1917. The think like a historian series of videos and resources is a curriculumbased learning tool to build skills to analyze and interpret primary sources. Train dispatcher vince coleman sacrifices his own life to save a train from the halifax. Georgina miner courtesy of georgie engelleder wolfville nurse georgina curry miner was aboard one of the earliest trains to enter the city in the blasts immediate aftermath. Ss montblanc, a french cargo ship laden with high explosives, collided with the norwegian vessel ss imo in the narrows, a strait connecting the upper halifax harbour to bedford basin. New book details the halifax, nova scotia, explosion of 1917. Montblanc collided with a norweigan vessel, the ss imo.
Commander wyatt and the halifax explosion by joel zemel. Childrens books explore restoration amidst tragedy of. This is a special bonus video today for all the canadians out there. Halifax explosion library and archives canada blog. Heroic dispatcher keyed warning, perished in cataclysmic halifax explosion back to video vincent colemans last words, tapped. The cargo of the montblanc caught fire, and after burning for 20 minutes, the ship exploded. Dec 02, 2017 new books remember the great halifax explosion. Heritage minute and no shortage of books, but canadas greatest. On the 100th anniversary of the halifax explosion, two new books. The author relates the circumstances of the accident that caused the explosion, as well as the recovery efforts and.
The halifax explosion of 1917 canada history and mysteries. The blast leveled much of the north end of the city and killed about 2,000 people. The halifax explosion is a fresh, revealing account that finally answers questions that have lingered for a century. He also enjoyed popularity among those in the citys elite society. Halifax explosion gallery maritime museum of the atlantic. Both hosts grew up watching heritage minutes, with their favourites ranging from montreals expo 67 mcnutt to superman swinimer on car trips, mcnutt remembers a family game that involved naming as many minutes as possible, while swinimer is connected to the halifax explosion thanks to a background appearance in the 2003 shattered city miniseries. Essentially what happened was a large french cargo vessel carrying high explosives the s. Jul 14, 2017 a newly discovered diary tells the harrowing story of the deadly halifax explosion on the eve of the disasters centennial, a sailors 1917 journal details a rare eyewitness account of the. A fire on board the french ship ignited her cargo, causing a cataclysmic explosion that devastated the. For more information about the halifax explosion visit the canadian encyclopedia. Dec 18, 20 images from the halifax explosion that happened back in 1917. While most canadians returned home following ve day, people and. The historicadominion institutes heritage minutes have been a staple of canadian tv since the early 1990s. The blast ripped through the city killing almost 2,000 people, injuring.
The great halifax explosion is a narrative a gripping narrative, to borrow from the books blurb itself and reads more like maclennan than kitz, active and. Halifax explosion reenacted moment 1917 disaster youtube. A double take at the halifax explosion, canadas greatest. In 1917, the thriving seaport of halifax, nova scotia, was leveled by a munitions explosion of unprecedented force when two ships collided in the citys harbor. For those who dont know, the halifax explosion was the largest explosion in the world until the atomic bombs were detonated over hiroshima and nagasaki.
Canadian heritage heritage moments and coupons for. See more ideas about halifax explosion, nova scotia and halifax harbour. First released in 1991, they would go on to become quintessential pieces of 90s canadiana. The halifax explosion and the road to recovery by janet f. History by the minute, is a series of sixtysecond short films, each illustrating an important moment in canadian history. Welcome back to our weekly series featuring canadian heritage moments, which were commercials that ran on canadian television in the 1990s. Nova scotia archives and records management halifax explosion 1917 online resources. Such a disaster today would generate a worldwide storm of video coverage, but the actual photographic record is sparse. Halifax s harbor after the explosion in december 1917. Robert macneil, author of the novel burden of desire expressive. Halifax explosion book of remembrance maritime museum of. First released in 1991, they have been shown on television, in cinemas and online, and have become a part of canadian culture.
A world war i story of treachery, tragedy, and extraordinary heroism. On the morning of december 6, 1917, two ships, the imo and the montblanc, collided in the narrows of halifax harbour. This one is actually quite sad and im glad that they created this commercial, as it highlights and important moment in canadian history that most people in canada werent aware of. Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the halifax explosion, and its. A double take at the halifax explosion, canadas greatest disaster.
Joel zemel book launch maritime museum of the atlantic. The halifax explosion tried, tested, and true mommy. Robert oppenheimer, who studied the halifax explosion closely when developing the atomic bomb, with historys only realworld case study demonstrating the lethal power of. Halifax, canada, halifax explosion remembrance book, 19171918. Train dispatcher vince coleman sacrifices his own life to save a train from the halifax explosion. Collison of 2 ships ignited 3,000 tons of explosives that left 2,000 dead and 25,000 citizens homeless.
The minutes integrate canadian history, folklore and myths into dramatic storylines. A world war i story of treachery, tragedy, and extraordinary heroism kindle edition by bacon, john u download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. The placename is derived from the old english terms halh, which means nook or corner of land, and tun, which meant farm or enclosure, and later came to mean fortress and town. Nov 07, 2017 the explosion, bacon writes, destroyed 6,000 buildings, rendering 25,000 peoplealmost half the population of halifaxhomeless in oneearsplitting whoosh and killed 1,600 instantly. A new comic book about the halifax explosion stirs up controversy. The first place to look is lacs thematic guide, halifax explosion. See more ideas about halifax explosion, halifax harbour and nova scotia. Canadian heritage and its portfolio organizations play a vital role in the cultural, civic and economic life of canadians.
On that thursday the norwegian vessel ss imo, carrying belgian relief supplies, and the french freighter ss mont blanc, carrying munitions, collided in halifax harbour, thereby creating what was then. They are produced by historica canada, the notforprofit organization that is also responsible for publishing this encyclopedia. The explosion would revolutionize pediatric medicine. The book is displayed at the entrance to the museums halifax explosion exhibit halifax wrecked. Kitz 4 times halifax explosion by graham metson 3 times too many to mourn by james mahar 3 times burden of desire harvest book by robert macneil 3 times. New books remember the great halifax explosion the star. See more ideas about halifax explosion, nova scotia and canadian history. That was the exact moment of the great halifax harbour explosion of december 6, 1917, which was destined to be the deadliest disaster in canadian history. But heritage minutes those beloved, and okay, fine, gloriously cheesy 60second shorts celebrating important canadian heroes, innovations, and events are every bit as much a part of the fabric of this countrys cultural landscape as the habs and the hip. The online version features a searchable database with detailed information for 1946 casualties more than 300 of whom are recentlyconfirmed and identified victims. Beeds book is the first book ive read of the explosion.
The halifax explosion was the greatest nonnuclear detonation in history, killing 2,000 people and obliterating homes and businesses over a large swath of the city. New book details 1917 halifax, nova scotia, explosion. First released in 1991, the heritage minutes have been shown on television, in cinemas. A history of the destruction of a canadian city by an explosion as powerful as a nuclear weapon. The canonical novel barometer rising 1941 by the canadian writer hugh. The explosion killed 2,000 people and injured many more. Please practice handwashing and social distancing, and check out our resources for adapting to these times. A world war i story of treachery, tragedy, and extraordinary heroism by john u. Nov 30, 2017 a centurys worth of historical accounts, novels and documentaries, plus a tv miniseries, have told and retold the story. Edward michael foran 18851917, canadian resident from halifax, nova scotia, canada who died in the explosion.86 480 1524 485 1023 1135 683 437 687 105 1451 842 671 697 768 576 693 111 570 633 764 1494 233 967 1205 1483 1419 468 453 1401 1061 456 288 721 734