Rescue at Moose River

Blain Henshaw

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ISBN: 9781988286167

Rescue at Moose River

  Author:   Blain Henshaw    
  Publisher:  Pottersfield Press

On Easter weekend in 1936, three men went down into an old rundown gold mine at Moose River in a remote area of Nova Scotia. While below, they became trapped by a massive cave-in at the 141-foot level. One man was a pediatrician, the second a young lawyer, and the third the mining company timekeeper. They had entered the mine to assess its potential for possible sale to an unnamed United States interest.

With the heroic efforts of more than 150 men and women volunteers, including local miners, hard rock miners from Ontario, draegermen from Pictou County, and a tenacious young diamond drill operator from Pictou County, two of the men were recovered alive. The third man died underground on the eighth day of their entombment.

Halifax broadcaster J. Frank Willis made history with his live reports from the mine head that were broadcast on more than 700 radio stations around the world, including the major U.S. networks and the BBC. It marked the beginning of a new era in broadcasting and in journalism. Until then, radio was known chiefly as a music and entertainment medium; news gathering and reporting had been the bailiwick of newspapers and newswire services.

Little did Willis know when he filed his first report from the site that he was making broadcast history by pioneering live on-the-spot reporting. It would change the face of broadcasting forever. Rescue at Moose River is the story of how these two events, one tragic, one historic, came together in the backwoods of Nova Scotia more than 80 years ago.

Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title: 9781988286167
Item PC0266
PublisherPottersfield Press
PublisherPottersfield Press
Published on October 30 2017
Language eng
Pages 196
Format Paperback
Dimensions8.5(in) x 5.5(in)
Shipping weight220(g)
Blain Henshaw is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, songwriter, and performer. He lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and is a volunteer broadcaster at 105.9 Seaside FM. He is the author of All Hands Lost: The Sinking of the Nova Scotian Gypsum Freighter Novadoc and Rescue at Moose River: Birthplace of On-the-Spot Reporting.