By Janet Maybee
On December 6, 1917, harbour pilot Francis Mackey used to be guiding Mont Blanc, a French munitions send, into Bedford Basin to affix a convoy around the Atlantic while it used to be rammed via Belgian aid vessel Imo. The ensuing huge explosion destroyed Halifax’s north finish and left no less than thousand humans lifeless, together with pilot William Hayes aboard Imo.
Who used to be accountable? Federal govt and naval officers present in Pilot Mackey a handy aim for public anger. Charged with manslaughter, he used to be imprisoned, villainized within the press, and denied his pilot’s license even after the fees have been dropped. A century later he's nonetheless unfairly associated with the tragedy.
Through interviews with Mackey’s kinfolk, transcripts, letters, and newly uncovered govt files, writer Janet Maybee explores the conditions top as much as the Halifax Explosion, the query of fault, and the impression at the pilot and his relations of the unjust, planned persecution that followed.
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