Over the week-end of November 8, 9 and 10, our community experienced a number of historic events:
We gathered as one huge family to commemorate the centenary for the loss of over 260 men and women – and their ships – in the Great Lakes Storm of 1913.
A full “sixty-five” descendants of those who died, and a few who survived, came together for the first time, anywhere, ever. We shared tears; we disclosed private stories; we reflected on our maritime roots and our common connections to the greatest Canadian Great Lakes disaster ever recorded. We unveiled a permanent memorial.
We were joined by the Great Lakes shipping giants; and, other Lakes’ support and supply companies from across the Great Lakes Basin. Vendors large and small; Georgian College; government agencies; and over 60 other groups and individuals with tight links to our beloved Lakes gathered to ply their trades and to share career opportunities with hundreds of secondary school students from across southwestern Ontario. Large numbers of our own community mingled with hundreds of guests from as far as Quebec, Nova Scotia, Detroit, Michigan; New Hampshire, Kentucky, Chicago, Illinois; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin who joined our ranks in this grand amalgam.
From the largest industrial colossus, to the tiniest historical society – enjoined with museums, art galleries [including downtown Toronto], theatre groups, marine heritage societies, shipwreck hunters; and internationally acclaimed marine historians, we declared our allegiance to the preservation of our rich maritime history.
Our Remembrance has been an overwhelming success.
On behalf of our entire Committee I want to say this: “To anyone who has touched this project in thought, word or deed, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
With sincerity and respect,
Chair, GLS1913 Remembrance Committee
From our Committee – Keith & Jo-Anne Homan : Honorary Chairs; Captain Ian MacAdam: MacDonald Marine, Harbour Master; Colleen Maguire: SECRETARY & Co-chair of Knox Mariner Service; Mac Campbell: TREASURER & Huron County Historical Society; Dennis Schmidt: Royal Canadian Legion, Br. 109; Maurice Wilkinson: Retired Ship’s Officer & Marine Historian; Kathleen Pletsch: Descendant Liaison; Genealogist, Author; Paul Carroll: Author, Historian, Artist & Alternate Rep. for Royal Canadian Legion, Br. 109; Susan Freeman McKee: Centre for Employment and Learning, AMDSB Liaison, Published Author; David Yates: Town Of Goderich; Town Councillor & Liaison Member, Local Historian; Wanda Keith: Town of Goderich Special Projects Coordinator; Warren & Eleanor Robinson: Playwrights, Authors, Producers, Musicians & Goderich Livery Theatre; and, Susan Bennett: Museum Director, Port Huron Museums & United States Group[s] Liaison.
- Video: Dear Ella Book Release
- 101st Anniversary