Cupids His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety to com­mem­o­rate loss of the Water Witch

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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 peter@cu­pid­sle­ga­cy­cen­tre.ca.

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