About us

1913 Storm Committee Meeting

We are a small group of dedicated volunteers who represent a cross-section of our marine, heritage and general community. We have been established since June of 2012.

Our Mission:

We are committed to develop a fitting centennial tribute to the most significant marine tragedy on the Great Lakes, the Great Storm of 1913 – sometimes known as the ‘White Hurricane’.

(Click on Member’s Name to see their detailed profile)

Core Team

  • Keith Homan Honorary Chair;
  • Jo-Anne Homan Honorary Chair;
  • Captain David MacAdam: Chair, Mariner Solutions, Mariner;
  • Captain Ian MacAdam: MacDonald Marine, Harbour Master;
  • Colleen Maguire: Secretary, also Co-chair of Knox Presbyterian Annual Mariner Service;
  • Mac Campbell: Treasurer, also Treasurer for the Huron County Historical Society;
  • David Yates: Town of Goderich – Town Councillor, Heritage Committee Liaison Member;
  • Dennis Schmidt: Royal Canadian Legion, Br. 109;
  • Maurice Wilkinson: Retired Ship’s Officer, Historian;
  • Paul Carroll: Author, Historian, Alternate Rep – Royal Canadian Legion, Br. 109;
  • Susan Freeman McKee; The Centres for Employment & Learning of the Avon Maitland District School Board – Liaison, Published Author;
  • Kathleen Pletsch: Descendant Liaison, Retired Teacher and Genealogist;

Liaison Team

  • Jillian & Terry Johnston: School Liaison Representatives, Retired Educators;
  • William (Bill) Menzel: Town of Goderich Municipal and Marine Heritage Committee;
  • Warren & Eleanor Robinson: Writer & Producers, Goderich Little Theatre

4 thoughts on “About us

  1. Mark Iler

    Greetings! I am interested in finding out more information about my Great Grandfather, Walter Cole Iler, who was the Captain of the Great Lakes Freighter the George G. Crawford. He and his ship survived the storm out on Lake Huron that day in 1913 and any other information you might have – or if you could suggest some other sources of information – would be a great help. I have also published a song that I wrote about this storm and Walter’s experience that day. It appears on a CD called “Consellation’s Crew – Back to Sea” by the National Touring Folk Artist, Hank Cramer. Thank you for having this site and I look forward to any information available… Mark Iler

  2. Jim Connelly

    Read about you in the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History Newsletter and am ordering the book. I have an interest in GL maritime history and now living in SE Michigan. Would be happy to further support your memorial efforts. ps – I grew up watching the Original Six on CKLW – “Hockey Night in Canada live from the Forum in Montreal or…live from Maple Leaf Gardens”. I was in the Joe the night the Wings won the Cup in 2002 – God Bless Scotty Bowman – he was great for both Montreal and Detroit.

  3. Adam Allen

    I have something that I thought you guys would be interested in. My maternal family bought a lot in between Kincardine and Point Clarke, for a cottage to be built in 1962, and they noticed there were damaged trees on the lot. Apparently rumour has it, that the trees were damaged from the 1913 storm, as no one has ever lived on that property until we came along. The cottage is still original 1960’s style and the community we have your summer vacations on have always been a blast. If anyone is wanting to take a trip to the Lake Huron shores, whether it’s Godrich, Kincardine, or any other lakeshore community, I highly recommend it.
    Adam N. Allen

  4. tom wylie

    I just found your site. James Glen who died on the Wexford was a relative
    Of mine and I looking for more information about the plaque that I see erected in his name. Can somebody contact me please. I am in Scotland!

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