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Posted - 12/06/2017 :  10:30:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the great Halifax explosion of December 6th, 1917.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/CBC has produced this interesting computer animation explaining just how this disaster happened a hundred years ago on this very day.
Here is part one called "Collision Course"


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Posted - 12/06/2017 :  10:57:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Interesting video, Greg. Thanks.

The railroads got into the relief business pretty quickly, with telegraphers sending the news out. Relief trains were organized in Boston and other places and sent north.

The people of Halifax have not forgotten this, even a century later. They send a Christmas tree to Boston every year as a way of saying "Thanks...."

You might find "The Town That Died," by Michael J. Bird to be an interesting read on this disaster. It was the "greatest man-made explosion before Hiroshima."

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Posted - 12/06/2017 :  11:49:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pete, thanks for the additional story regarding the Christmas tree, and how the people of Halifax thank our American friends for the help that they generously offered after this devastating explosion.
Even now, one hundred years after this terrible tragedy happened.


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Posted - 12/06/2017 :  5:42:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A good story about the Boston connection to Halifax: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/12/04/with-halifax-aflame-boston-rushed-aid/TAG0SyWYgYBZMEE54L7kPL/story.html


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