Marine Heritage Society ends a successful 2016 with Annual General Meeting
by Sandy Lindsay

December 2, 2016


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Mayor Mike Smith arrived and was greeted by auctioneer Pat O'Connor and introduced to guest speaker Cpt. Gerald Greig

The Marine Heritage Society ended a successful 2016 with its annual general meeting, dinner and auction at the Walker House in Southampton.

Approximately 70 members turned out for the event and to hear guest speaker, Great Lakes Captain (ret'd) Gerald Greig.

Pat O'Connor (L) greets guest Speaker Captain (ret'd) Gerald Greig

Captain Gerald Greig told stories of sailing the Great Lakes aboard freighters

Greig said that he started as a teenager aboard a grain ship in Collingwood as a dishwasher, moving up to watchman and then wheelman.  "What I thought would be a part-time job turned into a 45 year career," said Greig.  "We carried everything on ship from grain to steel, cement and sugar.  The ships were 730 ft. long and 75 ft. wide.  When we went through the locks, we had nine inches clearance."

Greig went on to say that life on the Great Lakes is a very different lifestyle where you're gone seven months of the year. He told tales of the many ships that had sailed the Great Lakes and the cargos that they carried.

(L) Alice & Howie McLaren and Sue Dent of Town Staff

Jayne and Rick Jagelewski enjoyed the evening

Thanks to Mother Nature this past summer, tours to Chantry Island operated by Marine Heritage were up in numbers as were sales at the Tour Base where souvenirs of the Island and the area are sold.  According to new Treasurer John Rigby the tours brought in $31,000 with almost double the number of visitors than the year before.  "There have been 20,538 visitors who have taken tours to the Island to date," said Rigby, "and the economic spin-off impact for this area is huge."

Stan Young also reported that the attendance at the 6th annual Marine Heritage Festival held in the summer also saw an increase.  He and co-Chair Dave Wenn also said that plans are already underway for next year for a larger celebration given that it is both the 150th anniversary of Canada and of Bruce County.

Following dinner, an auction was carried out by Pat O'Connor with some very unusual items that included a myster box and bag.

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Hats modeled by Dave Wenn were auctioned off by auctioneer Pat O'Connor (R)

Don Cherrie bid on and won a leather bound flask filled with ... a liquid

CAO Dave Smith looks dubious as he is presented with a poinsettia plant

The gavel coming down doesn't bother this mayor but the CAO keeps a sharp eye out
(L) Town CAO Dave Smith, Mayor Mike Smith (no relation) and Dave Wenn who 'helped out' with the auction
- the antique wooden mallet was an auction item

Councilor Mike Myatt and wife, Jean attended

L) In-coming President Pat O'Connor receives well wishes from out-going President Don Nicholson

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