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Wordy Wednesday

March 2, 2011

Trying for wordless is hopeless around here…

Besides, today’s pictures need an explanation and they go along with school.  We’ve been studying disasters lately.  As we have ancestry going back to Nova Scotia, we had to include the 1917 Halifax Explosion.  In what is still the world’s largest man-made accident, the SS Mont Blanc, a fully loaded French munitions ship, collided with another ship in the Halifax Harbour and blew up, devastating the city.

A piece of wreckage embedded itself in the wall of St. Paul’s Anglican Church where it remains today.

Incidentally, St. Paul’s Anglican Church is the oldest surviving structure in Halifax, dating back to 1749.  DH’s first ancestor to come from England was married there in 1811.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 2, 2011 6:05 pm

    What a coincidence. I have just started reading “Curse of the Narrows” about this very thing. Have you been to Halifax?

  2. March 2, 2011 6:50 pm

    How cool! Once we drove up from Virginia all the way to New Brunswick and took the ferry over to Digby. I wanted to explore all of Nova Scotia and especially go to Halifax and then up to Cape Breton. I love Natalie MacMaster! But, alas, we didn’t have time. But one day, I’m going back! So thanks for the little peek at Halifax!

  3. Stephanie permalink
    March 9, 2011 1:15 am

    I always knew about the Halifax disaster because Dec. 6th is my birthday, and, long time ago, for some odd reason, I came across a long list of all the events in history occurring that day, and the one in Halifax really stuck with me.

    In Italy there was a similar explosion during WWII and my parents told me about it, luckily they were not near the shore when it occurred, the name of the ship was Caterina Costa, they heard a very loud booming sound, windows broke, they thought it was caused by some unexploded bomb. Later they learned of the ship’s explosion, and that 3000 had been wounded and 600 had died because of it.

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