A volunteer committee dedicated to erecting a monument to those lost with the schooner Maggie on Nov. 7, 1896, has chosen Memorial United Church in Lethbridge as the preferred site.
The announcement was made Sunday, Nov. 4, at a memorial service held at the church — the second annual service dedicated to remembering those lost in the disaster, with the first being held at Heritage Collegiate on Nov. 5, 2017.
Committee chair Kay Young explained to The Packet the location is ideal for a number of reasons. Some of the survivors of the disaster are buried in the churches cemetery. From the church yard, you can actually look out over the bay the Maggie sailed from on her last voyage. Also, the church, which was constructed in 1896 — the same year as the disaster — was named to commemorate the tragedy.
Fundraising will be done by the Maggie committee, who hope to reconvene after Christmas to finalize a fundraising plan, costs associated with, and timeline for erecting the monument.
In addition to a monument, the group hopes to erect storyboards to help tell the story of the Maggie, which collided with the steamer Tiber in the Narrows at the entrance to St. John’s Harbour on Nov. 7, 1896.
Of the reported 23 onboard the schooner, 13 were lost.