Martha looked up from her knitting and smiled. Young George stood at the window, pretending he was harbour master, guiding the war supply ships in and out the Narrows then past his namesake, George’s Island.
“Mother, come see. There is ever so big a fire on that ship.”
The last thing George and his mother ever saw was the SS Mont Blanc, a French munitions ship, exploding in Halifax harbour on December 6, 1917.
Thousands were blinded by the flying glass. The tsunami pulled up so much water, harbour bottom was exposed. Until Hiroshima, it was the largest man-made explosion.