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The Halifax Explosion and the Royal Canadian Navy: Inquiry and Intrigue
     

The Halifax Explosion and the Royal Canadian Navy: Inquiry and Intrigue

by John Griffith Armstrong
 

The Halifax explosion on December 6, 1917, razed much of the city of Halifax, vilified the Canadian navy, polarized elements within the media and government, and became a defining event in the Canadian consciousness. On that day, the collision of the ships Mont Blanc and Imo in Halifax Harbor triggered an eruption of almost 3,000 tons of picric acid,

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The Halifax explosion on December 6, 1917, razed much of the city of Halifax, vilified the Canadian navy, polarized elements within the media and government, and became a defining event in the Canadian consciousness. On that day, the collision of the ships Mont Blanc and Imo in Halifax Harbor triggered an eruption of almost 3,000 tons of picric acid, TNT, and gun cotton. The largest man-made explosion in the world to that time, it killed over 1,600 people and wounded some 9,000 others. The United States Navy and Coast Guard provided invaluable aid.

This book carefully retraces the events preceding the disaster and the role of the military in its aftermath, relying for the first time on government archives that contain firsthand accounts of the disaster. John Griffith Armstrong’s analysis of the legal maneuvers, rhetoric, blunders, public controversy, and crisis management that ensued reveals the rationale behind the public inquiry findings. His disturbing conclusion is that Canadian officials knew of potential dangers in the harbor before the explosion, took no corrective action, and kept the information from the public.

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Tapping into dusty national archives, a retired career officer who taught history at the Royal Military College of Canada analyzes a landmark, yet little studied, event in Canadian history. Armstrong chronicles a classic case of government bungling and cover-up following the 1917 collision of two Allied warships in Halifax Harbor, which killed some 1,600 persons and razed much of the city. Includes maps and photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780774808910
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Publication date:
06/28/2003
Series:
Studies in Canadian Military History
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,155,007
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

John Griffith Armstrong, now retired, taught history at the Royal Military College of Canada.

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