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Friday, February 23, 2018

February 23, 2018


For Immediate Release




Weekend Events Celebrate Young Hero's Lifesaving Bravery


and Remember Historic Shipwreck




Keith Hutchings, MHA for Ferryland, is inviting people to attend two events this weekend to mark two historic marine tragedies.


‎On Saturday, February 24, the Renews-Cappahayden Community Council will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the S.S. Florizel disaster. "Part of the commemoration will involve a wreath-laying ceremony at a newly constructed Florizel viewing site, unveiling a new story board, and renaming a town road to Florizel Lane. After the ceremony, Cappahayden will showcase local talent, hear residents recount the disaster, and tell the untold story of how residents helped in the rescue on the early morning of February 24, 1918. The Town is inviting residents to attend the wreath-laying in Cappahayden commencing at 12 noon, followed at 1:00 pm by the get-together at the Town Hall in Renews," said Hutchings.


On Sunday, February 25, Hutchings will join with Glenn Jackman, President of the ‎Captain William Jackman Heritage Society, in inviting everyone from history buffs to children to attend a celebration of the life of a true Newfoundland and Labrador hero, who swam into icy waters 27 times in a row to rescue drowning mariners just off the Labrador coast 150 years ago.


William Jackman was a lifelong mariner. On October 9, 1867, Captain Jackman anchored in Spotted Island, Labrador to avoid rough weather. He saw a small fishing schooner being battered along a reef. Captain Jackman knew the vessel didn’t have much time. He plunged into the icy ocean. He swam to the boat and made 27 trips to the shore and back, each time with a survivor on his back. Captain Jackman’s daring rescue took a toll on his health. He died at the age of 39 and is storied to have had the largest funeral in St. John’s history.


Hutchings said, "Captain Jackman's story is among the most heroic tales anyone has ever told, and he was one of our very own, putting his courage to the test right here in Newfoundland and Labrador."


The 150th anniversary of the rescue just passed on October 9, 2017, and February 25 marks the day he died‎ 141 years ago - less than a decade later - as a young man.


The Captain William Jackman Heritage Society Inc. (a registered Canadian Charity)‎ is hosting a remembrance event on Sunday, February 25, including a wreath-laying ceremony and a meet-and-greet where people will recount the tale and honour his life.


Timeline for Sunday, February 25 is as follows:


11 am: Regular Sunday Mass at St. Patrick's Church, St. John's‎.


1 pm: Wreath-laying at Belvedere Cemetery at Newtown Road.


1:30 pm: Meet-and-Greet at the Benevolent Irish Society, 30 Harvey Road.


The events are open to the public. All are welcome to attend.






Media Contact: Heather MacLean, Director of Operations and Communications


Office of the Official Opposition (709) 729 6105, heathermaclean@gov.nl.ca


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