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DISASTER 100th Anniversarty of the Halifax Explosion
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    100th Anniversarty of the Halifax Explosion

    December 6th marks the 100th anniversary of the Halifax explosion. The french ammunition ship, SS Mont-Blanc,loaded with high explosives for the French army during WWI, collided with the Norwegian vessel SS Imo, in the section of the harbor known as "the Narrows". Fire erupted on the Mont-Blanc. As the fire spread, the French speaking crew abandoned the Mont-Blanc, rowed to shore, and in french, tied to warn the residence to leave before the ship explodes. Residence and workers only spoke English, and had no clue to what the Mont-Blanc crew was trying to say.
    Meanwhile, workers and residence all gathered down at the harbor to watch what was becoming a spectacular show of small explosions from the Mont-Blanc. At 9:04.35 AM the Mont-Blanc exploded with the force of 2.9 Kilotons of TNT. In a instant, 2000 people were killed, 9000 thousand people were injured. The force of the explosion to this date, remains the largest non-nuclear explosion.

    A move is out on Dvd called, "Shattered City". Also, i'm putting a link to Youtube on the events that took place on A&E Sea tales.



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFg8ANIlOBw

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    Thanks for sharing.
    I don't like making plans for the day because then the word "premeditated" gets thrown around in courtroom.

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    Went to Halifax years ago on vacation. Maritime museum had a big section devoted to this. One of the French crewmen, who knew what was coming, swam like a madman to the shore. Spotted a woman with a baby, grabbed that baby and ran for the hills. They survived. Most people were drawn to the glass windows to gaze at the burning spectacle. And thus got shredded by the glass when the ship blew up. And then, the next day, they had a blizzard. Halifax got hammered that day. And then, Boston stepped up in a BIG way, sending everything and everyone they possibly could, to help out. A good end to a hard story,
    Somewhere in the clouds, Your peak is shining, Have courage and go
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sc_cqbxF0cg

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    The Christmas tree Boston lights up, is a yearly gift from the people of Halifax. A thank you, for their rush for help after the disaster.

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    Definitely an event to remember and reflect upon. So much pain, loss and sadness inflicted in an instant...
    The wonder of our time isnít how angry we are at politics and politicians; itís how little weíve done about it. - Fran Porretto
    -http://bastionofliberty.blogspot.com/2016/10/a-wholly-rational-hatred.html

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