Welland Canal Fallen Workers Speaker Series: Tues. April. 25: Disaster on the Canal: The Lock 6 Gate Collapse 1928

April 3, 2017 in Main News

The Welland Canal Fallen Workers Speaker Series continues at 7pm on Tuesday, April 25th with:

Disaster on the Welland Canal: The Lock 6 Gate Collapse 1928, by Sarah King-Head: 

“Nothing in the world could have pulled her back,” is how William Merkley described efforts to prevent his twenty-ton crane from toppling over and falling 80 feet into the Lock 6 chamber below. Worse yet, it forced the collapse of a gate that killed ten men and injured scores more on Wednesday August 1, 1928. Thorold-based historian, Sarah King Head, MA, PhilM, will explore the causes and circumstances that led to the highest single day loss of life in the two decades it took to build the Welland Ship Canal. She will also consider who these men were, showing that their range of ethnicities and nationalities provides a unique snapshot of immigration patterns to Canada in the years after WWI.

This series of talks is in conjunction with the development and construction of a Fallen Workers Memorial which will be unveiled in late summer 2017 and will be located adjacent to Lock 3 in St. Catharines.

This talk will take place at 7:00pm in the Community Room of Civic Square, located at 60 East Main Street in Welland. The next – and final – topic is:

Tuesday, May 30: Helmet Diving from the Past by Mike Babiski.

Please register for these talks by calling the Library at 905-734-6210 ext. 2521 or through our online calendar. (http://welland NULL.evanced NULL.info/signup/calendar)

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