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The Great Storm of 1913

The Great Storm of 1913

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted October, 2004

The Great Storm of 1913

Photo from Google Street View ©2015 Google - Posted February, 2015

The Great Storm of 1913

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Plaque Location

The County of Huron
The Town of Goderich
On Colbourg Street just east of the
junction with Lighthouse Street

Coordinates: N 43 44.548 W 81 43.358


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Plaque Text

In a storm that struck Lake Huron on November 9, 1913, ten lake freighters were lost. Seven of them vanished, ranging from the 30-year-old, 82 m "Wexford" to the 168 m "James Carruthers", launched six months earlier at Collingwood. The bulk of the wreckage was cast up on the shore of Huron County, where recovery and identification of the crews' bodies were directed by a Lake Carriers' Association committee based at Goderich. The storm, which ravaged the Great Lakes region for three days, destroyed a total of 19 vessels and resulted in the stranding of 19 others, with a loss of 244 lives.

Other plaques at this location
The Founding of Goderich
Thomas Mercer Jones, 1795-1868



Goderich Plaques

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