Collison of 2 ships ignited 3,000 tons of explosives that left 2,000 dead and 25,000 citizens homeless. This canadian history for kids, sketches of our canada, looks at the devastation created by the halifax explosion of december 6, 1917. Im doing a project about canadian history and im doing the halifax explosion. See more ideas about halifax explosion, history and halifax map. It tells the riveting story of two world war i ships that collided in halifax harbor in 1917, causing one of the most powerful explosions in history a devastating blast that ripped through the canadian towns of halifax and dartmouth. That day became the most notorious day in the history of halifax. A fire on board the french ship ignited her cargo, causing a massive explosion that. The 1917 halifax explosion skip to main search results. Scholastic canada dear canada make history your own. Please practice handwashing and social distancing, and check out our resources for adapting to these times. After the collision the montblanc was grounded at pier 6 and 20 minutes later kaboom. Today in history the halifax explosion occurred on december when the city of halifax in nova scotia, canada, was devastated by the detonation of the ss montblanc, a french cargo ship that was fully loaded with wartime explosives. The halifax explosion still reverberates the globe and mail.
Oct 29, 2019 in 1917, two ships collided in halifax harbor, resulting in the largest explosion in history up to that time. But what started out as a typical day did not end that. The book broke new ground, making extensive use of oral history interviews. A history of the destruction of a canadian city by an explosion as powerful as a nuclear weapon. Fonds consists of allan james chapmans family history, including an account of the halifax explosion written by his mother annie marguerite daisy chapman, and his grandfather herbert eugene greenoughs poems and essays about working on the nova scotia railways. The halifax explosion was a disaster that occurred in halifax, nova scotia, canada, on the morning of 6 december 1917. The man from halifax, an excerpt from the great halifax explosion by john u. Bacon has brought back to life this devastating wartime event and illuminated its lasting meaning. The sun was bright in a clear sky and the ground was clear of snow. Cuthbertsons take is a touch more academic than bacons riveting account, but does better probe the explosions. After reading about this shocking and littleknown disaster, your students will no doubt be eager to learn more. The halifax explosion remembrance book was originally developed in 2002 as a commemorative project sponsored by the halifax foundation and its chair, the late edmund morris, a former city mayor, to mark the 85th anniversary of the halifax explosion. New books remember the great halifax explosion the star. Minute and no shortage of books, but canadas greatest disaster can be.
Nov 21, 2017 this is the unforgettable story told in john u. This canadian history for kids, sketches of our canada, looks at the devastation created by the halifax explosion of december 6, 1917 on december 6, 1917, as world war i continued in europe, ships carrying troops, supplies and munitions filled the harbour of the port city of halifax, nova scotia. A light haze hung over the harbor, but visibility was generally very good. It was a midsummer afternoon, halfway through a ringling brothers barnum and. Halifax is the principal port in the maritimes, handling over 1,500 vessels per year. The acclaimed author of emily, alone and henry, himself brings all his narrative gifts to bear on this gripping account of tragedy and heroismthe great hartford circus fire of 1944.
John boileau, a historian and retired canadian army colonel, has written a book, 6. It was a devastating moment in canadian history, the impact of which still resonates today. Halifax is and was home to a variety of ethnic and cultural groups, all of which were affected by the halifax explosion. Inquiry and intrigue studies in canadian military history. Fiction about the halifax explosion disaster that occurred in 1917 and killed 2,000 people. The halifax explosion 1917 nova scotia, canada youtube. Learn more about the multicultural history of the city and the province of nova scotia in these titles.
While much has been written about the disaster, there is still more to the story. New book details 1917 halifax, nova scotia, explosion. New book details the halifax, nova scotia, explosion of 1917. Dec 05, 2017 other communities affected by the halifax explosion. Specific resources for teaching canadian history the. See more ideas about halifax explosion, nova scotia and canadian history. Discover delightful childrens books with prime book box, a subscription that.
Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading the great halifax explosion. A world war i story of treachery, tragedy, and extraordinary heroism results in one of the best disaster monographs in recent memory. Halifax explosion canadian history us map interactive map nova scotia explosions conspiracy. Lessons learned 100 years after halifax explosion the. Today in history the halifax explosion occurred on december when the city of halifax in nova scotia, canada, was devastated by the detonation of the ss montblanc, a french cargo ship that was fully loaded with wartime explosives a view across the devastation of halifax two days after the explosion, looking toward the dartmouth side of the harbour. The halifax explosion of 1917 canada history and mysteries.
Assiduous research, beautiful writing, and a great talent for historical reconstruction make laura macdonalds curse of the narrows the definitive account of the. Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the halifax explosion, and its effects are not lost on us today, even after all these years the event has fascinated everyone, from scholars to history buffs. Ss montblanc, a french cargo ship fully loaded with wartime explosives, collided with the norwegian vessel ss imo in the narrows, a strait connecting the upper halifax harbour to bedford basin. A cbc television miniseries in 2004 shattered city.
But what started out as a typical day did not end that way. The elder raddall then saw active service during the first world war and was killed in action at amiens in august 1918. Niniskamijinaqik ancestral images by ruth holmes whitehead. No safe harbour is another great story from the dear canada series and i definitely recommend reading this book if you enjoy learning about history. A royal canadian navy shipbuilding project will also create new jobs through 2030. In 19 the family moved to nova scotia, where his father had taken a training position with the canadian militia. Who was to blame for huge halifax explosion 100 years ago. It covered not only the history of halifax, but history of american canadian relations and canadian history as these connected to halifax.
On the 100th anniversary of the halifax explosion, two new books. A world war i story of treachery, tragedy, and extraordinary heroism, debuts november 7. Kitz ons msm january 12, 1930 may 10, 2019 was an educator, author and historian in halifax, nova scotia who played a key role in the recognition of the 1917 halifax explosion, the largest manmade explosion prior to the atomic bomb and the worst manmade disaster in canadian history. Hidden history is a diary series that explores forgotten and littleknown areas of. Halifax explosion project gutenberg selfpublishing.
Nov 09, 2017 a double take at the halifax explosion, canadas greatest disaster terra arnone. The trial of alexander mcleod, for the murder of amos durfee, at the burning and destruction of the steamboat caroline by the canadians, december 29th, 1837 published in. A world war i story of treachery, tragedy, and extraordinary heroism. The halifax explosion and the road to recovery by kitz, janet f. Pick a category from wild west, to modern times, or from medicine to entertainment, and canada can stand with them all. The halifax explosion diary of charlotte blackburn, halifax, nova scotia, 1917julie lawson very well written historical fiction for kids.
The trial of alexander mcleod, for the murder of amos durfee, at the burning and destruction of the steamboat caroline by the canadians, december 29th, 1837 published in goulds stenographic reporter vol. The halifax explosion was the greatest nonnuclear detonation in history. Ya and adults for schools and libraries by the canadian childrens book centres. It has been called the worst manmade explosion in history. I love books good books books to read my books halifax explosion class library safe harbor canadian history canada dear canada. A double take at the halifax explosion, canadas greatest disaster. The halifax explosion of 1917 this book is available at the franklin public library, franklin, pa.
Review the great halifax explosion is absorbing from first page to last. David maraniss, pulitzer prize winner, and author of once in a great city. 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. The explosion would revolutionize pediatric medicine. Mar 16, 2019 the halifax explosion 1917 nova scotia, canada youtube stay safe and healthy. A world war i story of treachery, tragedy, and extraordinary heroism ebook written by john u. Here are some books exploring the many facets of this canadian tragedy, the. 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. In revisiting the halifax explosion students examine the historical significance of the greatest disaster in canadian history during world war i as it has been presented in an easily accessible and authoritative website. Atlantic provinces history, canadian history, books. Other communities affected by the halifax explosion. It was released to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the halifax explosion, and its retelling of the event is first class work. Why alison watt wrote a novel inspired by the halifax.
While it does hold private schools, country clubs, and some milliondollar houses, the area is much more diverse than its reputation. I also thought it was cool to read from a different perspective of the catastrophic event. The explosion, canadian author ken cuthbertson contends. A double take at the halifax explosion, canadas greatest. The first world war had been underway for three years, exposing canadian servicemen to injury, death and hardship, but bringing prosperity to halifax. 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. 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. The catastrophe, known as the halifax explosion, remains the worst humanmade disaster in 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. After decades of hard economic times, the city was a hub of canadas war effort. Dec 06, 2017 halifaxsombre ceremonies will be held across halifax on wednesday to mark 100 years since the port city was devastated by a wartime blast that killed or injured about 11,000 people. A moving exhibit on the explosion, halifax wrecked, can be seen at the maritime museum of the atlantic, lower water street. Robert oppenheimer, who studied the halifax explosion closely when developing the atomic bomb, with history s only realworld case study demonstrating the lethal power of a weapon of mass destruction.
Fiction about the halifax explosion disaster that occurred in 1917 and killed 2,000. A world war i story of treachery, tragedy, and extraordinary heroism bacon, john u. Inquiry and intrigue studies in canadian military history armstrong, john griffith on. The book broke new ground, making extensive use of oral history interviews conducted by janet. The websites list format makes it very approachable for most students. The halifax explosion was the deadliest disaster in canadian history. But you dont have to be historically inclined to be curious about the tragedy or want to learn about the. This is a page dedicated to proving that canada has a history the equal of any its age. Score a book s 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. In many ways december 6th, 1917 was a typical early winter day in halifax. The halifax explosion and the road to recovery is a 1989 canadian nonfiction book by janet kitz describing the experience of the halifax explosion with an emphasis on the experience of ordinary people and families who became victims or survivors of the 1917 munitions explosion in halifax, nova scotia. Sep 24, 2012 major employers include canadian forces base halifax, the capital district health authority, dalhousie university, and nova scotia power incorporated. Jefferson, rearadmiral bertram chambers, garry shutlak. Online shopping from a great selection at books store.
The south end of halifax is well known as the wealthy part of the peninsula. Bacons thoughtful and detailed approach in his new book the great halifax explosion. For example, students will have an opportunity to identify the key events of the halifax explosion, write a letter in the role as a survivor of the explosion to a member of a. I have also included a bibliography of interesting canadian books books that are both easy to read and informative. Obtain your favorite canadian history books at much lower prices than other booksellers. Large collection of new and used canadian history books. There was much about canadians involvement in ww1 and.1570 875 89 1195 521 573 1111 168 9 1 124 1364 1073 1335 552 207 926 1448 760 677 1101 1050 1201 263 764 394 1488 46 936 662 303 1219 676 164