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Goderich in Huron County, Ontario — Central Canada

The Great Storm of 1913

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Doug Kerr via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0), May 26, 2013
1. The Great Storm of 1913 Marker
Inscription.  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, 270-foot "Wexford” to the 550-foot "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.
Erected by Archaeological and Historic Sites Board, Department of Public Records and Archives of Ontario.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is November 9, 1913.
Location. 43° 44.551′ N, 81° 43.36′ W. Marker is in Goderich, Ontario, in Huron County. Marker is on Cobourg Street just east of Lighthouse Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Goderich ON N7A N7A, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5
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other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Canadian Pacific Railway Station (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Port of Goderich Lighthouse (about 150 meters away); Goderich Lighthouse (about 180 meters away); Goderich Dominion Post Office and Customs Office (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); Goderich Public Library Renovation and Expansion (approx. 0.8 kilometers away).
Also see . . .  Great Lakes Storm of 1913. Wikipedia entry on the storm, also called the "Big Blow," the "Freshwater Fury" and the "White Hurricane" because of its blizzard conditions with hurricane-force winds. (Submitted on March 3, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 3, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 3, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 65 times since then and 8 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on March 3, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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Mar. 31, 2023