Cupids Historical Society to commemorate loss of the Water Witch
of the tragedy, which brought a tremendous amount of misfortune and grief to the small community.
“Its purpose is twofold,” said Peter Laracy, manager of the Cupids Legacy Centre. “Firstly, to reflect on the tremendous loss of life and the fragility of life itself, as well as, to acknowledge those people from Pouch Cove who so freely risked their own lives to render assistance under extremely dangerous conditions.”
The ceremony will take place on the same date as the burial service for nine of those lost in the incident. They were buried in a mass grave behind the church, though headstones mark only three of the deceased.
The Pouch Cove Heritage Society will hold a companion commemorative event on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at All Saints Parish Hall in Pouch Cove.
“At both public events the sorrowful and heroic events associated with the loss of the Water Witch will be remembered in song and story and the programs are assured to create a memorable evening for attendees,” Laracy stated.
The Cupids Historical Society wants family members and relatives of victims and survivors of the Water Witch to contact the society. It’s part of an effort to collect and collate information relevant to the event, Laracy explained.
Those attending the ceremony in Cupids are also asked to bring along a non-perishable food item, which will be forwarded to a local food bank. It’s in keeping with a similar collection which was undertaken following the sinking of the Water Witch, with proceeds being distributed to the families of the victims.
For more information, contact Peter Laracy at 528- 1610, or by email at email@example.com.