H.M.S. General Hunter opens at Bruce County Museum
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British soldier greets guests
The 'Official Greeters'
Guests begin to gather under the tent
Bruce County Museum Curator-Director, Barbara Ribey, Saugeen Shores Mayor Mike Smith and Brockton Mayor & Bruce Country Warden David Inglis
More than 300 guests flooded into the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre in Southampton on Monday, June 18th for the grand opening of the H.M.S. General Hunter exhibit.
The exhibit commemorates the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the key battles that took place on the Great Lakes.
Exhibit Project Leader, Ken Cassavoy
The H.M.S. General Hunter, a British warship built by William Bell in Amherstburg, Ontario near the mouth of the Detroit River, was taken by the Americans at the famous Battle of Lake Erie. Built in Amherstburg, Ontario by shipbuilder, William Bell, the General Hunter originally was a brig that was outfitted with at least ten cannon, sailing the Great Lakes as part of the British Royal Navy.
Today, however, the ship returned to historical significance when its hull was found buried beneath the sands of the Southampton Beach in Saugeen Shores on Lake Huron, one of the most famous shipwrecks ever discovered on the upper Great Lakes.
'Builder William Bell (L) & Captain Frank Roulet'
The discovery of the ship and her role in the War of 1812, began what was to be one of the most ambitious undertakings at the Bruce County Museum - an authentic replica of the ship constructed by local volunteers, most of them retirees with a wide range of skills, knowledge and experience that they brought to the project.
(L) Mike Sterling who designed the authentic cannons, 'Captain Roulet' & Craig Dobbler who designed the microprocessor interface
The exhibit officially now open to the public is expected to attract thousands of visitors throughout the year.
'Young sailors' greet guests
(L) Ashley Stroud & Melissa Bruce
'Serving wench', Cherie Duhaime
Bob Trelford (L) and 'deckhand sailor', John Cherry
The exhibit remains at the Museum throughout the remainder of the year.
Museum Curator-Director Barbara Ribey & Bruce County Warden, Dave Inglis
Pat Cassavoy 'christens' the H.M.S. General Hunter exhibit against an original ship's nail
Faces in the Crowd
Mayor's wife, Donna Smith (L) and Pat Cassavoy
(Back L) Eric Luce and George Gilmour
(L) Jane Kramer & Jean Goldsworthy and Eleanor Edwards (R)
OPG's Don Jones & Lynda Cain
Front row seats for the Rigby(s) & friends
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012