The Halifax Explosion and the Royal Canadian Navy
Inquiry and IntrigueBook - 2002
The Halifax Explosion of 1917 is a defining event in the Canadianconsciousness, yet it has never been the subject of a sustainedanalytical history. Astonishingly, until now no one has consulted thelarge federal government archives that contain first-hand accounts ofthe disaster and the response of national authorities. Canada'srecently established navy was at the epicentre of the crisis. Armstrongreveals the navy's compelling, and little-known, story by carefullyretracing the events preceding the disaster and the role of themilitary in its aftermath. He catches the pulse of disaster response inofficial Ottawa and provides a compelling analysis of the legalmanoeuvres, rhetoric, blunders, public controversy, and crisismanagement that ensued. His disturbing conclusion is that federalofficials knew of potential dangers in the harbour before theexplosion, took no corrective action, and kept the information from thepublic.
Publisher: Vancouver : UBC Press, c2002
Branch Call Number: 971.6225/ARM 4565 1