Sunday, 21 December 2014

Anchors Aweigh!

Ships in New York Harbour, loading armaments for use by Britain and France. Germany tried to stir up Irish-Americans against the trade, and to otherwise interfere with the wharfs.

On 30th July, 1916, a giant explosion blew out thousands of windows in Manhattan when a New Jersey ammunition warehouse on Black Tom wharf was sabotaged. This wharf jutted out into the bay close to the Statue of Liberty, which suffered damage.

The explosion may have destroyed some war materials, but the damage caused to Germany's reputation was incalculable. I mean, what kind of imbecile would so casually jeopardize a universally recognized symbol of freedom?

Echoes of the Black Tom blast were heard in Maryland and Connecticut. And, in a metaphorical sense, in Washington.

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