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the halifax explosion of 1917



andrew, i think that bit about the anchor landing
in a churchyard is apochryphal, i don't think 
that's where it landed.  there's a piece of wood
sticking out of a wall in st. paul's church, 
people say it's metal from a ship but it's actually
wood from a windowsill.

for anyone who likes to read, the pertinent novels
are hugh maclennan _barometer rising_, and 
robert macneil (yes the anchor from pbs' macneil-
lehrer report, he's from halifax) _burden of desire_.

and yes the halifax explosion was *the* biggest
manmade pre-hiroshima explosion, but you can't
even find mention of it in many "standard" histories
of north america, just one more reason why despite
our hospitality we retain a certain cynicism around
here about "people from away".   it really was *the*
disaster of the 20th century in north america, and
nobody knows about it...

james

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