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David G. Brown on the Great Lakes Storm of 1913

100 years ago this November, the deadliest and most destructive natural disaster ever to hit the Great Lakes killed more than 250 people, destroyed 19 ships and stranded 19 others. The financial loss in vessels alone was nearly US$5 million - $116,145,000 in today's dollars.

David G. Brown, author of White Hurricane, will share the history of the Great Lakes Storm of 1913. Referred to as the "Big Blow", the "Freshwater Fury", or the "White Hurricane", it was a blizzard with hurricane-force winds that devastated the Great Lakes Basin from November 7 through November 10, 1913.

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  • Mary S. Z.

    Great

    November 7, 2013

  • Christine D.

    The Steamer Howard M. Hanna Jr.
    vs. The Great Storm of 1913
    The STORM OF 1913 . FOUR DAYS in November . FOUR of the five Great Lakes - 90 MILE an hour winds . 35 FOOT WAVES . Ice build up on the ships . Blinding Snow - 71 Ships Damaged . 26 SHIPS LOST, 12 with their ENTIRE CREW . 278 TOTAL lost lives
    HOW did the crew of 24 from the Howard M. Hanna Jr. SURVIVE? How did the Hanna herself, barely survive? A mere 19 months after the Titanic loss, did arrogance play a part?
    Thurs., November 14,[masked]:00 p.m.
    $5.00 donation
    St. Clair Historical Museum
    308 South Fourth St.
    St. Clair, Michigan

    November 7, 2013

  • Christine D.

    I am with the St. Clair Historical Commission, up in St. Clair, Michigan (not SC Shores) about an hour NE of Detroit (exit 257 off of I 94)
    If you are interested in learning more about the Great Storm of 1913, I'd like to extend an invitation to a program we are having next Thursday. (We can only handle 100 people, so, it would be best to call me to tell me you're coming/to see if we'll have room--we usually get about 80 people attending so we could handle about 20 [masked]

    November 7, 2013

  • Carole

    thanks. I'm looking forward to the next one.

    November 4, 2013

  • Carole

    I'd been really looking forward to this. However I agree with everything Sandy said as I (With a friend) was in this side room where I couldnt hear a thing. It was unorganized and we thought like wiht the Gaelic League that we had just gone to we would be in a separate room (where no food was served) so we ate JUST before arriving at Sinbads. the server didnt look happy that we just ordered drinks.

    The sounded godo but I only caught every other word. I was ready to leave 1/4 way through but didnt want to be rude as the speaker ws trying his best without a microphone. Cant you get a battery operated one for such occasions?

    I will not go back to Sinbads and it was only my 2nd time there.

    November 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      thank you for the feedback, Carole. we will fix the sound system issue for future meetups.

      November 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time - good talk, nice companions. ok so the place was a little bit overwhelmed with the influx of people and I would rather not pay for valet parking, but the story of the White Hurricane told by someone who so clearly loved and knew his topic made up for it.

    1 · October 30, 2013

  • Ski

    This is the hostess's usual demeanor. She is like that when no one is in the restaurant. I have been there many times and have had more than my fair share of run ins with her over the last 30 years.

    If we have something there again, perhaps we could use the room upstairs

    October 30, 2013

    • Sandy

      If this is true - I would not want to frequent an establishment who allows that kind of service. Let's choose someplace else "next time" :)

      October 30, 2013

  • Sandy

    I arrived at 6:50p - there was no signage and and no hostess - several of us milled about until another patron grudgingly pointed us to the back where a slightly hostile waitstaff demanded to know how many in our party... we didn't have a "party" we just wanted a seat - and there were none. After waiting until the presentation began we struggled to find a spot to stand to hear - but as there was no amplification - unless you were sitting in front of the speaker you could not hear. We snuck into the alcove off to the side - where two patrons - obviously not part of the meetup were talking loudly and animatedly - most likely intentionally - over the speaker.

    October 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sandy, based in part on your feedback, some of our members have volunteered to organize a corps of greeters for future events. thanks for sharing your experience. we're going to make it better going forward.

      October 30, 2013

    • Sandy

      That is great news! I left (as did at least two others) without hearing any of Dave's talk which was disheartening. So, many thanks to you and the volunteer members for the resolution. If you ever have later start times or weekends - I too will be happy to volunteer as a greeter. Thanks again. Look forward to meeting you at the next one!

      1 · October 30, 2013

  • Susan H.

    It was a great night. First time to Sinbads and even with all of us, to me, the service was very good. They did have a mighty strict hostess, but she just seemed a tad overwhelmed. The speaker was funny, and with his booming voice you could hear almost all of it. At times it was a bit faint as he walked the floor to make sure eveyrone was included. It was my hubby's first event, and he wants to do more! Yes!!

    October 30, 2013

  • amy elliott b.

    Thanks to all who came out to Sindbads last night and enjoyed history and drinks with us. David's book is available at the Port Huron Museum, which is also hosting an exhibit on the Great Lakes storm of 1913 through Jan. 12. Check it out: http://www.porthuronmuseum.org/Port_Huron_Museum/Storm_of_1913.html

    1 · October 30, 2013

  • Randy L.

    Excellent topic and enjoyable talk, many thanks to David!

    October 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I like he told stories about what who the people were and didn't stick with dates, blah, blah, blah.

    October 29, 2013

  • Patty

    So sorry to say we wont make it tonight either, I have been looking forward to this!

    October 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry guys. I was really looking forward to attending tonight, but a family emergency has just occurred and I'm going to be away handing it for about the next week. Hope to see you all at a future meet up. Have fun tonight!

    October 29, 2013

  • Lorelei

    See ya later!

    October 29, 2013

  • Stewart Edward M.

    Hello Detroit Lovers, Looking forward to food, fun, history, adult beverages, and others who feel likewise! Stewart McMillin
    www.mcmillintours.com

    October 28, 2013

  • Mary S. Z.

    Hi Brian, Was very pleased when I came across the Detroit Drunken Historical site. Although I am not a drunk I do drink. Looking forward to the lecture.

    October 28, 2013

  • Carole

    are friends welcome? this is my first time with this meet up group, what does 'print ticket' mean? do we need a ticket to get in?

    September 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Carole, yes friends are always welcome. You do not need a ticket to get in. I'll try to change that setting on meetup.com.

      September 29, 2013

    • Brent K

      I hope I get out of work early enough to meet you there Carole. (didn't know you were on meetup too!)

      October 26, 2013

  • karen

    I have done a lot of scuba diving all over the Michigan Great Lakes and have probably seen some of the wrecks caused by the devastation during the storm of 1913. This event should be very enlighting for me.

    October 25, 2013

  • Susan H.

    So looking forward to this event, it sounds so interesting!

    1 · October 25, 2013

  • Wally D.

    As an avid sailor, I am looking forward to this lecture about Michigan's history and weather in general. Also, looking forward to drinking a good rum with new acquaintances!

    October 24, 2013

  • Stewart Edward M.

    I just signed up for the Oct. 29 event at Sinbads. I want to bring a friend also. We both LOVE DETROIT! Stewart McMillin
    www.detroittours.com

    October 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes. This group looks right up my alley.

    October 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, i never used meet up befor. Do i have to pay to hear the lecture and if so how much? Any info you can give me about how this meet up works will be greatly appreciated.

    October 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Jessica, welcome to our group. Most of our meetup events are free, including this one on the great storm. If there is a fee required you will be prompted to pay it before your RSVP is accepted.

      1 · October 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks!

      October 8, 2013

  • Nick W.

    Is RSVP needed in advance for this event? I never know where I'll be until the last minute during the week...

    October 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      no problem. if you can keep your RSVP up-to-date as things change it is helpful for our planning.

      October 7, 2013

  • joseph c b.

    this should be interesting

    September 27, 2013

  • Lorelei

    Sinbad's by the Roostertail? Roomy & nautical!

    September 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the suggestion, Lorelei. I talked to the management at Sinbad's and they are happy to host us.

      1 · September 27, 2013

  • Marcos

    Why are these events only on weekdays?

    1 · September 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Marcos, we do events on just about every day of the week. There is an event this coming Saturday http://www.meetup.com...­ and we did two weekend events in the past few weeks: http://www.meetup.com...­ and http://www.meetup.com...­. If you'd like to see a weekend event, please organize one. Our members are encouraged to organize events they would enjoy and to pick days and times that work with their schedules.

      1 · September 24, 2013

    • Marcos

      TY

      1 · September 24, 2013

  • Carole

    can we get into the museum at that time of night? I work as office manager at the Old Shillelagh Pub. in Greektown. They are most always available (sporting event nights might be difficult tho). I'm very interested in going where ever the event is held

    September 18, 2013

  • Steven S.

    How about Dossin's Museum on Belle Isle?

    September 17, 2013

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