Satur­day ser­vice at El­lis­ton marks 104th an­niver­sary of seal­ing dis­as­ter

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Editorial - BY STEPHEN TREMBLETT

The Home from The Sea com­mit­tee marked the 104th an­niver­sary of the New­found­land Seal­ing Dis­as­ter with an open house March 31 in El­lis­ton.

Over 250 men, in­clud­ing many from El­lis­ton and area, per­ished on the ice dur­ing a seal­ing trip in 1914 when they be­came sep­a­rated from their ves­sel and lost in a storm.

Satur­day’s event was held at the John C. Cros­bie Seal­ers In­ter­pre­ta­tion Cen­tre in El­lis­ton and at­tended by over 40 peo­ple, in­clud­ing var­i­ous Home from The Sea Board mem­bers and MHA for the Dis­trict of Bon­av­ista Neil King.

The pro­gram in­cluded var­i­ous guests and per­form­ers. Rev. Emma O’Rourke sang “Let me Fish off Cape St. Mary’s” along with the Seal­ers Song. Ma­jor Vi­o­let Chaulk held a mo­ment of si­lence and dur­ing the We Re­mem­ber Them part of the ser­vice, can­dles were lit in mem­ory of those lost.

The in­cred­i­bly tal­ented Donna Butt of the Ris­ing Tide The­atre per­formed var­i­ous per­for­mance read­ings. To end the pro­gram, an as­sort­ment of songs of the sea were sung by the en­tire con­gre­ga­tion.

To end the day the guests en­joyed re­fresh­ments and a tour of the John C. Cros­bie Seal­ers In­ter­pre­ta­tion Cen­tre.


The ser­vice com­mem­o­rated the 1914 S.S. New­found­land tragedy.


Donna Butt.

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