The Great Halifax Explosion Lib/E: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism (Compact Disc)
From New York Times bestselling author John U. Bacon, a gripping narrative history of the largest manmade detonation prior to Hiroshima: in 1917 a ship laden with the most explosives ever packed on a vessel sailed out of Brooklyn's harbor for the battlegrounds of World War I; when it stopped in Halifax, Nova Scotia, an extraordinary disaster awaited. . . .
On Monday, December 3, 1917, the French freighter SS Mont-Blanc set sail from Brooklyn carrying the largest cache of explosives ever loaded onto a ship, including 2,300 tons of picric acid, an unstable, poisonous chemical more powerful than TNT. The U.S. had just recently entered World War I, and the ordnance was bound for the battlefields of France, to help the Allies break the grueling stalemate that had protracted the fighting for nearly four demoralizing years. The explosives were so dangerous that Captain Aim Le Medec took unprecedented safety measures, including banning the crew from smoking, lighting matches, or even touching a drop of liquor.
Sailing north, the Mont-Blanc faced deadly danger, enduring a terrifying snowstorm off the coast of Maine and evading stealthy enemy U-boats hunting the waters of the Atlantic. But it was in Nova Scotia that an extraordinary disaster awaited. As the Mont-Blanc waited to dock in Halifax, it was struck by a Norwegian relief ship, the Imo, charging out of port. A small fire on the freighter's deck caused by the impact ignited the explosives below, resulting in a horrific blast that, in one fifteenth of a second, leveled 325 acres of Halifax--killing more than 1,000 people and wounding 9,000 more.
In this definitive account, Bacon combines research and eyewitness accounts to re-create the tragedy and its aftermath, including the international effort to rebuild the devastated port city. As he brings to light one of the most dramatic incidents of the twentieth century, Bacon explores the long shadow this first weapon of mass destruction would cast on the future of nuclear warfare-- crucial insights and understanding relevant to us today.
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25th Annual Luminary Festival
Friday, November 22 from dusk til 8:00 PM
Book Signing with Pamela Cameron, author of Sport: Ship Dog of the Great Lakes
Treats will be served.
Sport: Ship Dog of the Great Lakes is Poppy-Approved!
In 1914 crew members of the lighthouse tender Hyacinth rescued a stray puppy from the Milwaukee River
and named him Sport. For the next twelve years, this charming Newfoundland-retriever mix lived the life of a ship dog.
In this beautifully illustrated children’s book based on historical documents and photographs, readers share in Sport’s
adventures while discovering the various ways lighthouse tender ships helped keep the lake safe for others.
A signed book plus an adorable plush make a great gift combo!
Saturday, November 30th
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