T H E c e n t e n a r y o f t h e Yongala disaster will be commemorated at St James Anglican Cathedral on Wednesday night.
Anglican Bishop of North Queensland Bishop Bill Ray will officiate at the memorial service, beginning at 6pm.
The service has been organised by Graham Miller, manager of The Mission to Seafarers at the Port of Townsville.
‘‘ The tragedy 100 years ago had profound ef f ects on Townsville,’’ Mr Miller said this week.
‘‘ Today popular tours visit the site of the wreck and the Yongala continues to play an important role in the heritage of our port city.
‘‘ With our history of cyclones in the Far North, we live in constant awareness of their destructive force, as recent months have shown.
‘‘ We gather to remember the brave souls who perished trying to save the Yongala and the men, women and children who drowned on their journey to visit family and friends to work and play in this part of God’s creation.’’
The cathedral bell will toll during a candle-lighting and wreath-laying ceremony.
P h o n e M r M i l l e r o n 0418 886050 for details.
A memorial service is also planned at the Townsville Maritime Museum, Palmer St on Wednesday at 10am. The captain of the