Saturday, July 23, 2005


Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum prepares for induction ceremony


Star Beacon Daily
July 21, 2005

ROGERS CITY, Mich. - The Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum will celebrate its 15th anniversary Aug. 19 and 20 with a gathering of shipwreck survivors and the induction of honored mariners.

Although no mariners from Ashtabula County will be honored this year, Dennis Hale, sole survivor of the Daniel J. Morrell sinking, will participate in a panel discussion of lake storms and tragedies. Joining Hale on that panel will be Frank Mays, the only remaining survivor of the Carl D. Bradley sinking; Dave Erickson, Ss. Cedarville survivor; and Peter Hann, rescuer from the German vessel Weissenberg.

The panel discussion is 7 p.m. Aug. 19 in the Rogers City Theater, 253 N. Third St., Rogers City, Mich. Cost is $5. Hale and Mays will sign their books prior to the panel discussion.

Also on Friday, there will be a free bus trip to the calcite stone quarry and plant – Rogers City is the location of the world’s largest limestone quarry. Reservations for the tour are required.

Buses will leave the museum 1:30 p.m.The Gathering, an induction ceremony for honored retirees of the industry, is 11 a.m. Aug. 20 at St. Ignatius School, 545 S. Third St., Rogers City.

Warren Toussaint, medical officer of the Sundew (Carl D. Bradley rescue), will be speaker for the induction luncheon. Cost is $12 adults and is by reservation only.

The Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum honors the men and women who sailed in the Great Lakes shipping industry. Artifacts in the museum include cabin furniture, foul weather gear, lockers, lifeboats and other items common to the lifestyle of the Great Lakes sailor.

The annual gathering brings together Great Lakes merchant sailors to honor and enshrine fellow sailors in the Great Lakes Hall of Fame. Several Ashtabula County sailors have been inducted in prior years.

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