May 31, 2012 | Thombrarian | Comments (4)
by Sally Walker
December 6 1917 – two ships, are en route to the conflict in Europe – one is carrying munitions. They collide in Halifax Harbour with catastrophic results. The initial explosion – the largest man-made explosion until the atomic bomb in 1945 - creates a tsunami and within minutes Halifax and a neighbouring town are devastated. Nature contributes to the horror in the form of a blizzard that obstructs rescue efforts. Ultimately close to 2000 people perish. The depth of the tragedy highlights the incredible courage of the survivors and comes to life in Blizzard of Glass.