Curse of the Narrows The Halifax Disaster of 1917

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-11-14
  • Publisher: Walker Books

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Set against the vivid backdrop of World War I, Curse of the Narrows chronicles one of the most dramatic events in North American history: the catastrophic explosion that shattered Halifax. It is filled with unforgettable human stories: Charles Duggan, who was thrown to the seabed, stripped of his clothes, and left stranded on the opposite shore by the tsunami; Duggan's nine-year-old niece, Helena, who pulled her mother and siblings out of the rubble and led them to safety; Dr. George Cox, an eye surgeon who operated for more than three straight days; pioneering surgeon W. E. Ladd, whose experiences treating children in Halifax would lead to the first pediatric surgery ward in North America; the Boston relief train which literally dug its way through the snowdrifts to bring desperately needed supplies, doctors, and relief workers; and the Boston Christmas Tree, to this day given by the citizens of Halifax in remembrance of its sister city's heroic efforts.

Author Biography

Laura M. Mac Donald is the author of several books and has written and produced award winning television programs and one feature film. A native of Halifax, she lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

A Short History of Halifax 1(124)
1. Wednesday
2. December 6, 1917: Winter Morning
3. Black Smoke, White Smoke
4. A Word on Explosions
5. Minutes Later
6. Far from the Harbor
7. Scramble at City Hall
8. The First Responders
9. Duggan Walks Home
10. Nightfall 125(19)
11. Friday Night and Folly Mountain 144(33)
12. Saturday: Reorganizing the Relief 177(18)
13. Duggans Reunited, If Briefly 195(9)
14. The End of Emergency Relief 204(15)
15. Cap Ratshesky Says Good-bye 219(8)
16. Playing Solomon 227(17)
17. Proper Burials, Private Services 244(3)
18. Monday, December 17, 1917 247(5)
19. Rules of the Road versus the Law of the Land 252(21)
20. The Tree at Boston Common 273(2)
Epilogue 275(8)
Acknowledgments 283(2)
Appendix A: Accident or Sabotage? 285(2)
Appendix B: Preparing for the Future 287(2)
Appendix C: Francis Mackey Interview 289(2)
Appendix D: By the Numbers 291(4)
Appendix E: Wreck Commission Participants and Witnesses; Featured People; and Ships 295(8)
Archives 303(2)
Notes 305(38)
Sources 343(4)
Index 347

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