Four Great Locations in the Blue Water Area

 

 THE CENTENNIAL OF THE WORST GREAT LAKES
MARITIME DISASTER IN HISTORY

EXHIBIT OPENS SEPTEMBER 14, 2013

For four days in November 1913, the worst weather that the Great Lakes could muster was centered in Lake Huron and wreaked havoc and devastation that had not been known before or since. When it was all over, 19 ships were stranded, 19 ships were lost (some have yet to be located 100 years later), and over 250 sailors were dead. (The exact number is not known, due to the record keeping of the day.)
 

The Port Huron Museum is proud to present our interpretation of the “Storm of 1913 Remembered”, featuring this extraordinary Museum exhibit, the first Blue Water Chautauqua, a memorial dinner event, a permanent memorial dedication, and a lecture series about the most devastating storm to ever hit the Great Lakes. The exhibit Storm of 1913 Remembered will open September 14, 2013 through January 14, 2014, at the Carnegie Center, to commemorate the worst Great Lakes maritime tragedy.

During the peak of the storm on Sunday, November 9, 1913, wind speeds were measured at 75 to 80 miles per hour at Lake Huron, near the mouth of the St Clair River. Because of the combination of such high winds and snowfall, the storm was called the "White Hurricane". Waves as high as 40 feet, were reported - pause to imagine that 40 feet is taller than a two story building. The Huron Lightship, anchored off Port Huron, was blown from its anchored position, so only the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse remained to help guide surviving storm-battered ships from Lake Huron to the St. Clair River.
 
There are many eyewitness accounts that tell the story of true human drama, tragedy and feats of great heroism. The Storm of 1913 occurred at a turning point in the United States for commerce, transportation and society at large. It greatly impacted Great Lakes shipping procedures and how sailors and cargo were protected, that still stand to this day.
  
Along with regional experts and dedicated historians, Cranbrook Institute of Science, Great Lakes Marine Lore organizations, and a special relationship with the 1913 Core Group in Goderich, Ontario, the Museum exhibit takes a look back at this amazing time and horrendous destruction of the historic “Storm of 1913

Some of the events occurring during the Storm of 1913 Remembered will include:

Comprehensive Museum Exhibit
Blue Water Chautauqua - 9/21
United States Lifesaving Exhibit
New Permanent Sailors Memorial - Lost Legends of the Lake - Reception and
     Dedication -  on the anniversary - 11/9

Weekly Lecture Series - free with admission (presented by SEMCO)

Details of these events will soon be published. 


WHEN:
Saturday, September 14, 2013 through Sunday January 12 2014
Museum Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

WHERE:
Carnegie Center, Port Huron Museum, 1115 Sixth Street, Port Huron, Michigan
 
COST OF EXHIBIT ADMISSION:

   Members…….…….…..............Free

Adults……………………….…...$7
Seniors (age 60 and older)….....$5
Students (any age*.) …………...$5
*college students must present ID
    Active Military, with ID...............Free
    Children (age 4 and younger)..…Free
Family Max....$20 (2 adults & up to 4 children - additional children are $2.00 each)

 AAA rates are $1.00 off regular admission prices



Tour Groups of 20 or more visitors may be scheduled by contacting Anita Varty at:  810-982-0891 ext. 118 or email[email protected]