In the fall of 1969, a group of Canadian warships was returning to their home port of Halifax after several weeks of exercising with NATO navies in European waters. On the morning of October 23rd, an explosion and fire ripped through one of those ship killing nine men and injuring over fifty others. This is the story of the men who lived through that disaster, the worst peacetime accident in the one hundred year history of the Canadian Navy. This book describes the background to that day, the details of the actions of the men during that horrible day, and the aftermath of the event culminating in the emotional gatherings for the fortieth anniversary in Plymouth, England and in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It is a story of everyday men doing heroic things to save their ship and of the emotional drain that haunted many of them for years afterward.