Bearing Witness: Journalists, Record Keepers and the 1917 Halifax Explosion

Bearing Witness Journalists Record Keepers and the Halifax Explosion At approximately a m on December the Belgian Relief vessel IMO struck the munitions laden freighter Mont Blanc in Halifax Harbour The Mont Blanc exploded in a devastating kiloton blas

  • Title: Bearing Witness: Journalists, Record Keepers and the 1917 Halifax Explosion
  • Author: Michael Dupuis Alan Ruffman
  • ISBN: 9781552668757
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Paperback
  • At approximately 8 45 a.m on 6 December 1917, the Belgian Relief vessel IMO struck the munitions laden freighter Mont Blanc in Halifax Harbour The Mont Blanc exploded in a devastating 2.9 kiloton blast, which killed 2,000 people and injured 9,000 More than 6,000 people were made homeless, and an additional 12,000 were left without shelter.Bearing Witness tells the storyAt approximately 8 45 a.m on 6 December 1917, the Belgian Relief vessel IMO struck the munitions laden freighter Mont Blanc in Halifax Harbour The Mont Blanc exploded in a devastating 2.9 kiloton blast, which killed 2,000 people and injured 9,000 More than 6,000 people were made homeless, and an additional 12,000 were left without shelter.Bearing Witness tells the story of the Explosion, and the catastrophic damage it caused, through the eyes and words of than two dozen journalists and record keepers who experienced it first hand Their accounts reveal a unique perspective, offering new detail about the tragedy and providing insight into the individuals who struggled to articulate the magnitude of the shocking event to the rest of the world.In addition to the original work by journalists and record keepers, Michael Dupuis provides over 30 photographs and illustrations, several previously unseen, and a detailed timeline of journalistic activities from the time of the Explosion on December 6 to December 16.

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    1. December 6, 2017, signals the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, Canada's worst Maritime tragedy to date. In mere seconds, a large portion of Halifax's North End and waterfront were obliterated when the damaged munitions ship Mont Blanc exploded, killing 2,000 people and injuring thousands more. Many were left homeless as the force of the blast levelled the poorly-constructed houses, and fires consumed the wooden debris and trapped bodies. A retired history teacher, writer, and author [...]

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