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Old 02-06-2019, 12:01 AM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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I stumbled across this the other day and had never heard of it.

Blast about 1/4 the size of Hiroshima killing 2,000 people and injuring almost 9,000.

Also caused a localized Tsunami. Wow.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halifax_Explosion
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We could go on all day listing more or less forgotten disasters - things like the Boston Molasses Flood, which killed 21 people in what might be the most bizarre industrial accident of all time.

It's strange how we are so selective about them - such as the endless attention given the Titanic. I suspect if it had been a freighter with nothing but steerage passengers, it would be little remembered as well.
I was in Halifax when I first heard of the explosion, before that I never heard of it either.

It is interesting that Quietude mentioned the Titanic and other disasters. It was also in Halifax that learned of another major ship sinking that White Star Lines had.

RMS Atlantic
About 4 decades earlier then Titanic, in 1873, the White Star Lines ocean line RMS Atlantic sank when hitting rocks near Nova Scotia. Of the more then 950 people on board, 535 died.

- of the 156 women on board - all died

- of the 189 children on board, only one survived.

- however of the 141 crew members on board, only ten died.
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Old 02-06-2019, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Minnysoda
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Originally Posted by Quietude View Post
We could go on all day listing more or less forgotten disasters - things like the Boston Molasses Flood, which killed 21 people in what might be the most bizarre industrial accident of all time.

It's strange how we are so selective about them - such as the endless attention given the Titanic. I suspect if it had been a freighter with nothing but steerage passengers, it would be little remembered as well.
Lots of examples...Johnston flood.....Triangle shirtwaist fire....
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Old 02-06-2019, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Riding a rock floating through space
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I was in Halifax when I first heard of the explosion, before that I never heard of it either.

It is interesting that Quietude mentioned the Titanic and other disasters. It was also in Halifax that learned of another major ship sinking that White Star Lines had.

RMS Atlantic
About 4 decades earlier then Titanic, in 1873, the White Star Lines ocean line RMS Atlantic sank when hitting rocks near Nova Scotia. Of the more then 950 people on board, 535 died.

- of the 156 women on board - all died

- of the 189 children on board, only one survived.

- however of the 141 crew members on board, only ten died.
All 10 lifeboats were washed away after being lowered, the ship went down too fast. It was every man for himself, which is why the weakest perished.
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Old Today, 06:50 PM
 
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Originally Posted by Quietude View Post
We could go on all day listing more or less forgotten disasters - things like the Boston Molasses Flood, which killed 21 people in what might be the most bizarre industrial accident of all time.

It's strange how we are so selective about them - such as the endless attention given the Titanic. I suspect if it had been a freighter with nothing but steerage passengers, it would be little remembered as well.
The Empress of Ireland tragedy, which had killed more passengers than the Titanic, caused by entering in collision with a Norwegian ship, the Storstad during a foggy night in 1914 was overshadowed by another tragedy a couple of days later, the assassination of Archiduke Franz-Ferdinand which had lead to WWI.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Empress_of_Ireland
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