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The Great Halifax Explosion - A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism-logo

The Great Halifax Explosion - A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism

John U. Bacon

From New York Times bestselling author John U. Bacon, a gripping narrative history of the largest manmade detonation prior to Hiroshima: in 1917 a ship laden with the most explosives ever packed on a vessel sailed out of Brooklyn's harbor for the battlegrounds of World War I; when it stopped in Halifax, Nova Scotia, an extraordinary disaster awaited. . . . On Monday, December 3, 1917, the French freighter SS Mont-Blanc set sail from Brooklyn carrying the largest cache of explosives ever loaded onto a ship, including 2,300 tons of picric acid, an unstable, poisonous chemical more powerful than TNT. The U.S. had just recently entered World War I, and the ordnance was bound for the battlefields of France, to help the Allies break the grueling stalemate that had protracted the fighting for nearly four demoralizing years. The explosives were so dangerous that Captain Aimé Le Medec took unprecedented safety measures, including banning the crew from smoking, lighting matches, or even touching a drop of liquor. Sailing north, the Mont-Blanc faced deadly danger, enduring a terrifying snowstorm off the coast of Maine and evading stealthy enemy U-boats hunting the waters of the Atlantic. But it was in Nova Scotia that an extraordinary disaster awaited. As the Mont-Blanc waited to dock in Halifax, it was struck by a Norwegian relief ship, the Imo, charging out of port. A small fire on the freighter's deck caused by the impact ignited the explosives below, resulting in a horrific blast that, in one fifteenth of a second, leveled 325 acres of Halifax—killing more than 1,000 people and wounding 9,000 more. In this definitive account, Bacon combines research and eyewitness accounts to re-create the tragedy and its aftermath, including the international effort to rebuild the devastated port city. As he brings to light one of the most dramatic incidents of the twentieth century, Bacon explores the long shadow this first "weapon of mass destruction" would cast on the future of nuclear warfare—crucial insights and understanding r

From New York Times bestselling author John U. Bacon, a gripping narrative history of the largest manmade detonation prior to Hiroshima: in 1917 a ship laden with the most explosives ever packed on a vessel sailed out of Brooklyn's harbor for the battlegrounds of World War I; when it stopped in Halifax, Nova Scotia, an extraordinary disaster awaited. . . . On Monday, December 3, 1917, the French freighter SS Mont-Blanc set sail from Brooklyn carrying the largest cache of explosives ever loaded onto a ship, including 2,300 tons of picric acid, an unstable, poisonous chemical more powerful than TNT. The U.S. had just recently entered World War I, and the ordnance was bound for the battlefields of France, to help the Allies break the grueling stalemate that had protracted the fighting for nearly four demoralizing years. The explosives were so dangerous that Captain Aimé Le Medec took unprecedented safety measures, including banning the crew from smoking, lighting matches, or even touching a drop of liquor. Sailing north, the Mont-Blanc faced deadly danger, enduring a terrifying snowstorm off the coast of Maine and evading stealthy enemy U-boats hunting the waters of the Atlantic. But it was in Nova Scotia that an extraordinary disaster awaited. As the Mont-Blanc waited to dock in Halifax, it was struck by a Norwegian relief ship, the Imo, charging out of port. A small fire on the freighter's deck caused by the impact ignited the explosives below, resulting in a horrific blast that, in one fifteenth of a second, leveled 325 acres of Halifax—killing more than 1,000 people and wounding 9,000 more. In this definitive account, Bacon combines research and eyewitness accounts to re-create the tragedy and its aftermath, including the international effort to rebuild the devastated port city. As he brings to light one of the most dramatic incidents of the twentieth century, Bacon explores the long shadow this first "weapon of mass destruction" would cast on the future of nuclear warfare—crucial insights and understanding r
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From New York Times bestselling author John U. Bacon, a gripping narrative history of the largest manmade detonation prior to Hiroshima: in 1917 a ship laden with the most explosives ever packed on a vessel sailed out of Brooklyn's harbor for the battlegrounds of World War I; when it stopped in Halifax, Nova Scotia, an extraordinary disaster awaited. . . . On Monday, December 3, 1917, the French freighter SS Mont-Blanc set sail from Brooklyn carrying the largest cache of explosives ever loaded onto a ship, including 2,300 tons of picric acid, an unstable, poisonous chemical more powerful than TNT. The U.S. had just recently entered World War I, and the ordnance was bound for the battlefields of France, to help the Allies break the grueling stalemate that had protracted the fighting for nearly four demoralizing years. The explosives were so dangerous that Captain Aimé Le Medec took unprecedented safety measures, including banning the crew from smoking, lighting matches, or even touching a drop of liquor. Sailing north, the Mont-Blanc faced deadly danger, enduring a terrifying snowstorm off the coast of Maine and evading stealthy enemy U-boats hunting the waters of the Atlantic. But it was in Nova Scotia that an extraordinary disaster awaited. As the Mont-Blanc waited to dock in Halifax, it was struck by a Norwegian relief ship, the Imo, charging out of port. A small fire on the freighter's deck caused by the impact ignited the explosives below, resulting in a horrific blast that, in one fifteenth of a second, leveled 325 acres of Halifax—killing more than 1,000 people and wounding 9,000 more. In this definitive account, Bacon combines research and eyewitness accounts to re-create the tragedy and its aftermath, including the international effort to rebuild the devastated port city. As he brings to light one of the most dramatic incidents of the twentieth century, Bacon explores the long shadow this first "weapon of mass destruction" would cast on the future of nuclear warfare—crucial insights and understanding r

Language:

English

Narrators:

Johnny Heller

Length:

10h 39m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:15


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

27:11


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

20:04


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

18:27


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

23:59


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

10:33


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

14:24


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

11:39


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

14:17


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

17:46


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

19:17


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

25:48


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

10:10


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

28:17


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

17:02


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

14:06


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

12:20


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

14:12


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

10:39


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

21:13


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

20:52


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

30:32


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

24:26


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

10:37


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

19:28


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

12:26


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

13:08


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

09:23


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:10


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

11:40


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:29


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

20:13


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:19


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

10:53


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:18


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

10:31


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

10:12


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

13:24


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

14:45


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

10:16


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:22


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

13:05


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

10:33


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:41


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

00:33