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John Boileau

118 pages
Macintyre Purcell

On December 6, 1917, two tramp steamers, the Mont-Blanc and the Imo, collided in wartime Halifax Harbour, creating what became the largest man-made explosion of its time. More than 2,000 people died, 9,000 were injured, 6,000 people were left homeless and an additional 19,000 were left without adequate shelter. In a combination of words and images (many never seen before), John Boileau delivers a breathtaking account of the magnitude of this event.

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"The Halifax Explosion of 1917 was the largest man-made explosion before Hiroshima. Such a disaster today would generate a worldwide storm of video coverage, but the actual photographic record is sparse. This handsome book helps us see this century-old catastrophe as never before." — Robert MacNeil, author of the novel Burden of Desire