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Saturday service at Elliston marks 104th anniversary of sealing disaster

The 104th anniversary of the 1914 S.S. Newfoundland disaster was commemorated in Elliston on Saturday, March 31. Stephen Tremblett photo.
The 104th anniversary of the 1914 S.S. Newfoundland disaster was commemorated in Elliston on Saturday, March 31. Stephen Tremblett photo. - The Packet

By Stephen Tremblett, Special to The Packet

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

The event was held at the interpretation centre in Elliston. Stephen Tremblett photo.
The event was held at the interpretation centre in Elliston. Stephen Tremblett photo.

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.

Donna Butt. Stephen Tremblett photo.
Donna Butt. Stephen Tremblett photo.

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

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