MP Erin O’Toole Unveils Plaque to Commemorate Hamilton and Scourge as National Historic Site of Canada
NEWS: Hamilton, ON — Today, Erin O’Toole, the Member of Parliament for Durham, unveiled a plaque commemorating the significance of the Hamilton and Scourge on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada. MP O’Toole unveiled the plaque at the Hamilton and Scourge Memorial Gardens at the Hamilton Conservation Authority’s Edgewater Pavilion in Hamilton.
The Hamilton and Scourge were American warships engaging in military activities on Lake Ontario during the War of 1812. In August 1813, both schooners capsized on Lake Ontario during a sudden squall at the mouth of the Niagara River, killing more than 50 men.
In the early 1970s, the shipwreck was discovered in pristine condition. The shipwreck contains a wealth of historical information and heritage artefacts. The government of Canada designated the site of the sunken schooners as a National Historic Site in 1976.
“The Hamilton and Scourge are heritage shipwrecks from the War of 1812 that remain in superb condition. These Canadian treasures offer a wealth of archaeological information and remind us of a time when Lake Ontario was part of a conflict that would come to define the Canada we know today.” —Erin O’Toole, CD, Member of Parliament for Durham
“Our Government is honoured to commemorate the national historic significance of the Hamilton and Scourge. Heritage shipwrecks are often also the final resting place of those who perished aboard their ship. We honour them through this commemoration and by highlighting the importance of national historic sites to Canadians” —Erin O’Toole, CD, Member of Parliament for Durham
- MP Erin O’Toole served in the Canadian Forces for 12 years and worked on military heritage initiatives before his election to Parliament last year.
- The Hamilton and Scourge were schooners converted into American warships engaging in military conflict on Lake Ontario during the War of 1812
- Parks Canada manages a nationwide network of national historic sites that make up the rich tapestry of Canada’s cultural heritage and which offers visitors the opportunity for real and inspiring discoveries.
For further information or additional comment from MP O’Toole, please contact:
Executive Assistant to Erin O’Toole
Member of Parliament — Durham
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