I am posting this on behalf of Mike McAllister at the City of Hamilton.
September the 21st is a Saturday.
Hamilton�s 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration
SIGNATURE EVENT: Hamilton & Scourge National Historic Site & Memorial
Historical Quick Facts
The Hamilton and Scourge were two merchant schooners pressed into
service by the United States Navy during the War of 1812.
In the predawn hours of August 8, 1813 the squadrons of the United
States and Royal Navy lay watching one another in a dead calm,
awaiting fresh breezes,10.5 km off of what is today the City of St.
On August 8, 2013, a sudden squall tore through both squadrons sending
the armed schooners Hamilton and Scourge to the bottom of Lake Ontario.
53 sailors perished in the largest loss of life on Lake Ontario during
Modern Day Quick Facts
2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the sinking of the Hamilton and
The ships currently sit upright and intact 90 metres (300 feet)
beneath the surface of Lake Ontario.
The ships were discovered in 1973, became a National Historic Site in
1976, and have been owned and managed by the City of Hamilton since
� The schooners have been the subject of 5 official underwater
surveys by 2009.
� Survey work allows the City to monitor the condition of the
vessels, the associated artefacts in the debris field and the remains
of the fallen interred around and within the hulls.
Event Information -- Hamilton & Scourge Memorial (September 2013)
� To mark the 200th Anniversary of the largest loss of personnel
for the United States Navy on Lake Ontario during the war, the City of
Hamilton along with dignitaries from the United States Consulate
General, Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Coast Guard, members of
provincial and federal parliament and the British High Commission will
have an opportunity to offer words of remembrance during a ceremony
near to the site of the tragic sinking that will commemorate the
fallen and celebrate peace between Canada and the United States over
the last two hundred years.
� The names of the lost sailors will be read to the tolling of
the ship�s bell and flowers will be placed on the water as a lament is
played followed by the last post.
� The ceremony will form the centre piece of a documentary film
entitled On the Water. The premier of the film will occur at a
separate special event on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Dundurn
National Historic Site.
� Complementing the film will be an artistic impression of the
sinking of Hamilton and Scourge by the Hamilton Aerial Group, choral
music by the Bach Elgar Choir. There will also be a parade of giant
puppet characters, puppet shows in the Cockpit theatre by Studio
Babette, marching and dress-up with the naval and military re-
enactors, a hands on discovery gallery, as well as fun and fanciful
food from local Hamilton food trucks.
� Free admission to Dundurn Castle and the Hamilton Military
Museum is available between 12pm and 4pm for the event.
September 21, 2013
Presented By: Hamilton & Scourge National Historic Site of Canada and
Dundurn National Historic Site of Canada
Join us for a full day of events to celebrate 200 years of peace and
remember the 53 American sailors who lost their lives during the
sinking of the United States Navy schooners Hamilton and Scourge, in
August of 1813. Taking place on the grounds of Dundurn National
Historic Site the event will feature the debut of On-the-Water, a film
made during the recent commemoration ceremony on September 4, on the
flight deck of the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Griffon over the site of
the sunken ships. Immediately following the film there will be special
reflective performances by the Bach Elgar Choir and the Hamilton
Aerial Group. Throughout the day there will be music, indoor and
outdoor children�s activities such as military drills and dress-up.
Dundurn Castle and the Hamilton Military Museum will also be offering
free admission beginning at 12:00 p.m. Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Ages:
All Cost: Free Contact: 905-546-2424, ext. 4797, dundurn@...
Please respond to Mike directly and copy me (Craig Williams sgtwarner@...
) with your interest if you and/or your group would like to
This will give us an idea of numbers and how best to employ them. Our
participation will be largely educational to the public.
1812 Hamilton Signature Events Series
200th anniversary of the Battle of Stoney Creek (June 1-2, 2013)
Canadian International Military Tattoo (June 8-9, 2013)
Tall Ships� Hamilton (June 28 to June 30, 2013)
Hamilton & Scourge Memorial (September 2013)
Michael McAllister B.A., M.A.
Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology
Hamilton & Scourge National Historic Site
Tourism & Culture
Planning & Economic Development
City of Hamilton
(905) 546-2424 ext 4797
Cell (905) 973-0436
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