18th Annual Lost Mariners Remembrance

November 10 2017 | 6:00pm to 8:00pm

When the tug Admiral and its consort tanker-barge Cleveco left Toledo on December 1, 1942, there were no indications of the horrific snow storm that would hit Lake Erie. The barge carried 18 men and a million gallons of crude oil critical to World War II production. The tug carried 14 men. 

Early the next morning, the Admiral and its men disappeared in a sudden catastrophe. The barge drifted for another day as the storm gained in ferocity. The Coast Guard and nearby merchant vessels mounted a desperate search to find the Cleveco, until eventually radio telephone transmissions from the barge ceased. The brave men of both vessels will be honored in this presentation by Kevin Magee, co-founder of Cleveland Underwater Explorers (CLUE).

A lantern vigil at the Edmund Fitzgerald anchor begins the night, followed by a performance by Lee Murdock, Great Lakes balladeer, and an Honor Guard escort of the memorial wreath to the Detroit River for receipt by the Honor Flotilla of Great Lakes vessels. 

Admission is $5 for members, $10 for guests, and $25 for families of up to six. Seating is limited, and advance registration is required, as this event is expected to sell out. Please call 313.833.1801 for more information or to register by phone. Tickets are not expected to be available at the door, but the public is welcome to watch the flotilla from the river bank adjacent to the museum at no charge.

Special thanks to the Lake Carriers’ Association for sponsoring and to the International Shipmasters’ Association Lodge #7 for their support of this program.

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