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Friday, July 12, 2024
Ceremony recalls tragedy of the Foam in NOTL
The story of the Foam tragedy has languished too long, and a planned upgrade to the cemetery plot where the deceased sailors are buried is an opportunity for this piece of history to gain some recognition. SUPPLIED

Seven young sailors from Toronto, aboard a yacht called the Foam, died tragically on July 11, 1874, while sailing to the Saturday Night Hop at the Queen’s Royal Hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Local folks with a sense of history will want to take part in an event this weekend to celebrate 150 years since the tragedy — and the rejuvenation of the sailors’ cemetery plot, which was largely neglected since 1874.

On Saturday at 4:30 p.m., a bagpiper will lead people from the NOTL Sailing Club gate on Melville Street to the gazebo in Queen’s Royal Park.

The ceremony will be held within sight where the Foam sank offshore.

Currents and winds combined to create treacherous waters, which sank the yacht and took all aboard to their deaths.

After the ceremony, at the St. Mark’s Anglican Church cemetery, Rev. Leighton Lee will rededicate the souls of the deceased.

Attendees are encouraged to wear nautical blazers and attire.

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