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This project has been supported by the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program, Department of Canadian Heritage.

Ce projet a été appuyé par le Programme Développement des communautés par le biais des arts et du patrimoine du ministère de Patrimoine canadien.

 

 

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The Port of Goderich & Lake Huron Shore Communities,

 

will honour the lost souls & ships of “The Great Storm 1913”

 

over an extended period in 2013.

 

This centenary event will commence in September, October – and will culminate in a special series of Remembrance activities, November 8, 9 and 10, 2013.

 

These efforts will  acknowledge the lives and ships lost in the worst maritime disaster ever to hit the Great Lakes – where 19 ships were either total or constructive losses and over 260 lives were lost in one overnight ‘white hurricane’ that descended upon the Great Lakes on November 8 & 9, 1913. Most of the losses occurred on Lake Huron.

 

The Great Lakes Carriers’ Association set up recovery operations and conducted its major post-tragedy investigations in the Port of Goderich following the storm.


A KEY COMPONENT OF THE REMEMBRANCE WILL BE A CULMINATING WEEK-END OF EVENTS NOVEMBER 8, 9 & 10:

 

These activities will include a major exhibition combining Heritage & Education Displays with a broad Marine Trade Show & Job Fair Exhibition

 

Participation has already been confirmed by major partners in the marine shipping industry, marine trade companies, as well as marine heritage & education groups from across the Great Lakes basin. The Georgian College International Marine Training Program will be a major player with their on-site simulators. Government agencies including the DFO Canadian Coast Guard & Hydrographic Services are expected to be present. Support for the Job Fair has been confirmed by the Lifelong Learning Division of the Avon Maitland District School and its job re-training partners at the provincial and federal levels.

 

(For details, click the EVENTS tab above; shipping and marine partners are listed under: PARTICIPANTS & SPONSORS)

 

In the local community, a speaker and presentations series is scheduled for successive Thursday evenings at the Huron County Museum, commencing in early September. A combination of lecture and media presentations will be offered for a nominal ‘passport’ admission price.

 

Meteorologist Jay Campbell, formerly of CFPL and its successor TV stations will present his interpretation of the horrific weather bomb that led to the maritime disaster. Local speakers will also address aspects of Goderich Harbour history through to Great Storm events themselves.

 

 Similar undertakings & special displays are in the works for communities north and south along “Ontario’s West Coast”, where the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centrethe Lambton Heritage Museum, and the museums in Sombraand Mooretown will also offer a combination of presentations, displays and commemorative events.

 

A parallel group from the Port Huron Museum & its four partner sites are also planning major events along the American shoreline.

 

The eager participation of local & regional historical societies and marine heritage groups has been confirmed.

 

It is hoped that the community can  merge together on Sunday, November 10, to honour the lost sailors in a massive inter-denominational church service, not unlike that held in 1913 immediately following this great tragedy.

 

We hope that a permanent memorial in the form of a large, marine-themed metal sculpture can be commissioned from a local artisan, Jim Wallace. Community input from young and old will be solicited to help finalize the design.

 

The massive undertaking has the support of the Port of Goderich Town Council. The Goderich Port Management Corporation is our key financial & corporate sponsor.

 

The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 109 is donating the use of its space for the November 8th and 9th events.

 

A major highlight of the remembrance will be the Great Storm musical drama, written and directed by Warren Robinson, with music and choreography under the direction of Eleanor Robinson. Presentations will be made in Goderich, Sarnia, and hopefully, Port Huron.

 

We hope to attract a large number of visitors to participate in the Remembrance events along the full extent of “Ontario’s West Coast”. It will be a large regional event.

 

Visitors are expected from across the Great Lakes basin. A number of descendants of sailors lost in the storm have been invited to join in the Remembrance tributes.

 

The Town has invited the Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario to be part of the memorial commemorations.