Annotations for Blizzard of Glass : The Halifax Explosion of 1917


Baker & Taylor
Relates the harrowing tale from World War I in which two towns were leveled and nearly 2,000 people killed when two warships collided in Halifax Harbour and then a blizzard dumped more than a foot of snow on the area, hampering relief efforts.

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McMillan Palgrave
On December 6, 1917 two ships collided in Halifax Harbour. One ship was loaded top to bottom with munitions and one held relief supplies, both intended for wartorn Europe. The resulting blast flattened two towns, Halifax and Dartmouth, and killed nearly 2,000 people. As if that wasn't devastating enough, a blizzard hit the next day, dumping more than a foot of snow on the area and paralyzing much-needed relief efforts.
Fascinating, edge-of-your-seat storytelling based on original source material conveys this harrowing account of tragedy and recovery.


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