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News for you

June 2017

We opened for the season on May 20
with a modest gift of free coffee and cake for all comers.

People came out in record numbers.

Over the three days of the long weekend, we had 96 visitors.
Now, we know that wasn't exactly a stampede, but we're glad whenever somebody comes through the door because we think the story of the Atlantic's victims and especially the rescue of survivors by local people is a tale worth hearing.

We're turning up new information all the time,
so if you haven't been in for a while—or ever!—
come on by this summer.

You may be surprised.

 

Hello from our staff…

 
Hi! My name is Jevan Jessome, and I am working as an Assistant Manager for the SS Atlantic Heritage Park for the summer!
 
I am a student at Mount Saint Vincent University and am majoring in Marketing with a Minor in Statistics and Management. I live in Hammonds Plains and enjoy my drive to the Interpretation Center every day! My step-father is a Blackburn and his parents' names are on the boardwalk. I feel connected to this community and excited to start this summer journey!
 
My hobbies include reading, cooking (good thing, since I am baking lots of blueberry cake this summer), and going to the gym. I am looking forward to meeting you this summer!
 
Drop by and say hello.
Hello! My name is Lexie Cole and I am here this summer as an Assistant Manager at the SS Atlantic Heritage Park. I’m from Terence Bay myself, so many of you locals may already know me.
 
I am going into my second year in Computer Science at Dalhousie University, and I’m very excited to be working here at the centre for the summer. I remember learning about the SS Atlantic in school, so it’s fun for me to be learning about it again. However, the most exciting thing about working here is that it allowed me to find out that my great, great, great grandfather, Francis Ryan, was one of the first men out in the rescue boats when the Atlantic ran ashore! I was so pleased to learn about my grandfather that I tell the story to anyone who will listen (including all my visitors).
 
When I’m not working I love writing, doing handicrafts, watching movies and playing video games. I look forward to seeing new faces down at the centre!
 
See you all soon!
Because the Atlantic was such a well-known ship, her loss caused a sensation all over Europe and America. There were a lot of newspapers in 1873 and they were hungry for information to fill their pages. Before telephones and computers, it was hard to check facts so much got written about the Atlantic that was not accurate. Once an incorrect piece of information was in print, it was there forever. Then along came the Internet and those incorrect details are communicated even farther.
One of the strangest is a character named Carrie Clancy, daughter of Michael Clancy, the first person to arrive at the wreck site: "a fine, handsome girl, the pride and delight of her father." She supposedly swam out to the wrecked ship and rescued women and babies. The fact that no women or babies survived doesn't seem to matter. Carrie Clancy is now more famous than ever, but there was no such person.
 
This is just one example of
how the Atlantic story has become riddled with untrue information.
We'll share a few more in upcoming editions of the newsletter.
Craft Shop Highlight

Aprons, placemats, oven mitts, bibs, tea cosies...

Judy Friars
lives in Timberlea, N.S. She has been sewing for many years and her work has been available in our center from the beginning. She has her items in other shops and goes to many markets. She buys much of her fabric from the USA, which makes her items unique.
Artifact of the Month

The clock from the chart room of the SS Atlantic was donated by Peter Christian of Prospect. It still works. It is stopped at 3:00 o'clock, the time the captain had ordered the second officer to call him. Inexplicably, he was not called. Disaster came less than 15 minutes later.

A Titanic Weekend

Recovery, Remembrance and Research
Saturday & Sunday, June 10-11

PROGRAM
Saturday, June 10 / Public Gardens
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. • 105th Anniversary Party: Garden Tour. Period dress welcome!
Noon • Guided tour of the Gardens, beginning at Horticultural Hall.
4 – 6 p.m. • Tours and Memorial Services – 2 Titanic grave sites
 
Sunday, June 11 / Maritime Museum of the Atlantic (MMA)
1 – 2 p.m. • Tour of Titanic and Halifax Explosion exhibits (Tentative)
2 – 4:30 p.m. • MMA – Meeting Room: Titanic Society of Atlantic Canada General Meeting & Presentations
Keynote:  Thomas Lynskey – Titanic: Honour and Glory
Stacy Kline: Titanic Channel, with screening of interview with Thomas Lynskey
Angelica Harris: Titanic: The Brothers Peracchio – Two Boys and a Dream


5:30 p.m. • After-meeting get-together: The Auction House Restaurant
7:30 p.m. • Tour and Memorial Service – Baron de Hirsch Cemetery
 
For more information contact the Titanic Society of Atlantic Canada:
Email    titanicsociety@eastlink.ca
Web    www.titanic-atlantic.ca


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