GRAND BEND – A unique offshore ceremony will take place to honour the crew of the Wexford shipwreck and to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking on Sept. 28.
Save Ontario Shipwrecks, Huron Shores Chapter will install a permanent memorial wreath on the Wexford shipwreck.
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 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28. The ceremony will take place at the site of the Wexford shipwreck, about 13 km offshore from Grand Bend. 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, where there will be displays about the Wexford, her crew, and the Great Storm.
For more information about this this event, please contact Krissy Nickle at (519) 671-2472 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wexford Crew Memorial is one of many events taking place as part of “A Remembrance – The Great Lakes Storm of 1913”. Throughout September to November of 2013, the shoreline communities of Lake Huron will host plays, lecture series, art exhibitions, and special museum displays to commemorate the centenary of the Great Storm. For more information and a full events calendar, please visit www.1913storm.ca