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Aftershock : the Halifax explosion and the persecution of pilot Francis Mackey

Author: Janet Maybee
Publisher: Halifax (N.S.) : Nimbus Publishing, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"On December 6, 1917, harbour pilot Francis Mackey was guiding Mont Blanc, a French munitions ship, into Bedford Basin to join a convoy across the Atlantic when it was rammed by Belgian Relief vessel Imo. The resulting massive explosion destroyed Halifax's north end and left at least two thousand people dead, including pilot William Hayes aboard Imo. Who was to blame? Federal government and naval officials found in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Maybee, Janet.
Aftershock.
(CaOONL)20159043344
Named Person: Francis Mackey; Francis Mackey; Francis Mackey
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Janet Maybee
ISBN: 9781771083447 1771083441 9781771083454 177108345X
OCLC Number: 914400183
Description: xxii, 130 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Who was Francis Mackey? --
Collision course --
Who is to blame? --
No victory --
End game --
The aftermath --
Collateral damage --
The Ottawa backstory.
Responsibility: Janet Maybee.

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"On December 6, 1917, harbour pilot Francis Mackey was guiding Mont Blanc, a French munitions ship, into Bedford Basin to join a convoy across the Atlantic when it was rammed by Belgian Relief vessel Imo. The resulting massive explosion destroyed Halifax's north end and left at least two thousand people dead, including pilot William Hayes aboard Imo. Who was to blame? Federal government and naval officials found in Pilot Mackey a convenient target for public anger. Charged with manslaughter, he was imprisoned, villainized in the press, and denied his pilot's license even after the charges were dropped. A century later he is still unfairly linked to the tragedy. Through interviews with Mackey's relatives, transcripts, letters, and newly exposed government documents, author Janet Maybee explores the circumstances leading up to the Halifax Explosion, the question of fault, and the impact on the pilot and his family of the unjust, deliberate persecution that followed."--

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