Grand Bend, ON –
Save Ontario Shipwrecks, Huron Shores Chapter, is pleased to announce the installation of a permanent memorial wreath on the Wexford shipwreck. The wreath will be unveiled on Saturday, September 28, as part of a ceremony to honour the crew of the Wexford and to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship.
The Wexford was one of a dozen ships that went down in the Great Storm of 1913: over four days in November, this “white hurricane” raged over the Great Lakes. By the end it had claimed more than 250 lives: most ships, like the Wexford, went down with all hands. To this day, the Great Storm remains the most destructive storm ever to hit the Great Lakes region.
The memorial ceremony, hosted by the Huron Shores Chapter of Save Ontario Shipwrecks, is scheduled for 10am on Saturday, September 28. The ceremony will take place at the site of the Wexford shipwreck, approximately 8 miles offshore from Grand Bend, ON. Everyone is welcome to attend, and SOS Huron Shores has installed extra mooring lines at the site in anticipation of increased boat traffic. A reception will be held after the memorial ceremony, at the Lambton Heritage Museum just south of Grand Bend. We invite everyone to come meet the SOS team, and to enjoy some light refreshments while taking in displays about the Wexford, her crew, and the Great Storm. Click here to view the Wexford Wreath Laying Event.