Virtual Event: 21st Annual Lost Mariners Remembrance

November 10 2020 | 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Out of concern for the health and safety of our community, this year's Lost Mariners program will take place virtually. Tune in on facebook to watch the event live from the Dossin Great Lakes Museum.

On November 11 and 12, 1940, a fierce early season storm struck the middle of the country, from Kansas to Michigan, when two powerful weather systems collided over the Midwest. The resulting rain, snow and wind lasted two days and claimed 146 lives, including 66 sailors on three freighters and two smaller craft on Lake Michigan.

Those lost during this storm will be remembered in this year’s presentation by Valerie van Heest, underwater explorer and maritime historian. A lantern vigil at the Edmund Fitzgerald anchor will begin the night, followed by the live Honor Guard escort of a memorial wreath to the Detroit River for receipt by an Honor Flotilla of Great Lakes vessels. A performance by Lee Murdock, Great Lakes balladeer, will follow the wreath ceremony. 

Guests wishing to watch the flotilla in-person may do so from the museum grounds starting at 7 p.m., but the museum will not be open for visitors. The historical presentation and musical performance will only be available online.

Presented with support from the Lake Carriers Association and the International Shipmasters Association Detroit Lodge 7 


No registration is required, but donations are welcome to support this annual program!

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