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A History of Modern Britain by Andrew Marr

By Andrew Marr

This enticing quantity tells the tale of ways the nice political visions and idealisms of Victorian Britain got here to be defeated by means of a tradition of consumerism, superstar, and self-gratification. It explains how in each one decade, political leaders stumbled on themselves confounded by way of the British humans, who continually grew to become out to be more durable to herd than estimated. traditionally Britain has been a rustic at the area first of invasion, then of financial disaster, then at the weak entrance line of the chilly battle, and later within the vanguard of the good commencing up of capital and migration. This heritage follows all of the political and fiscal tales of the trendy period in addition to with such social traits as comedy, autos, the struggle opposed to homosexuals, oil-men and punks, Margaret Thatcher’s marvelous strong success, political lies, and the real heroes of British theater.

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Top heavy as she was, the Sultana suddenly developed a noticeable list. Realising what had caused it, Mason’s crew ordered all the men on the hurricane deck to move back to where they were. As overheard by a survivor, Mason expressed concern for his ship’s safety for the first time. With all those men on the hurricane deck she was top heavy, and another mass movement could, if combined with the strong current, cause the ship to capsize (as happened with the Neptune in 1993, see chapter eight). The Sultana reached Memphis at about 8pm on the 26th, and stayed until around midnight.

Made best speed to the port. The captain of another ship, the cruiser USS Tacoma, also saw the explosion and rushed to help. For those who had survived the explosion, the immediate aftermath provided no relief from disaster. With untold numbers trapped under the rubble of thousands of ruined buildings, rescuers faced a race against time, not only because many were grievously injured and would die without urgent assistance, but also because fires threatened to burn out of control across the wreckage of so many wooden houses.

THE HALIFAX EXPLOSION 65 The aftermath The USS von Steuben, a captured German passenger liner now serving as a troop transport for the US Army, was heading home to New York after taking 1,223 soldiers to France. She needed to restock her coal supplies at Halifax and was 40 miles (64km) away just after 9am when suddenly buffeted by a strong concussion. Those on board immediately feared the worst, that they were under torpedo attack from a U-boat, or that the ship had hit a mine. But on the bridge her officers saw a column of fire climb into the sky in the distance, followed by an immense With untold numbers trapped plume of white smoke.

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