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Creating a Lasting Legacy

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 02:01 PM


On March 31/April 1, 2014, we will mark the 100th anniversary of this province’s most devastating sealing disasters. Many brave Newfoundlanders and Labradorians risked their lives on the treacherous ice floes of the North Atlantic to support their families and build their communities. Many did not return. Many were left to mourn. In commemorating the men and women who made incredible sacrifices to build our beloved province, we will ensure that they will never be forgotten.

On June 19, 2014, we will unveil the results of our efforts to create a lasting memorial in Elliston. There are four components to our project:  the John C. Crosbie Sealers Interpretation Centre; a Memorial Statue; a Memorial Monument; and an Interpretive Path. We are excited to be nearing our fundraising goal and the successful conclusion of this project. We still need your help to get there. Thank you to all our donors, current and future. We know you will be proud to have been part of this project.

Chris Collingwood                       Leo Power
Campaign Co- Chair                   Campaign Co- Chair



John C. Crosbie Sealers Interpretation Centre
Through interpretation, including art, artifacts and multimedia, the Centre will bring to life the stories of sealing from our earliest aboriginal people to the present day. As a museum, gallery and space for reflection, the Centre will be unique to our province and a first worldwide in its singular focus on sealing and sealers. 


Memorial Statue
Walking to Porter’s Point, you will encounter the Memorial Statue depicting Reuben and Albert John Crewe, the Elliston father and son who froze in embrace on the ice in 1914. Unable to keep his eager, teenaged son from going to the ice, Reuben went with him and tried to protect him until the end.

Granite Memorial
A Granite Memorial will list the names of all 364 men and boys who were on the S.S. Newfoundland and the S.S. Southern Cross during those fateful days in the spring of 1914. Those who perished, those who were injured and those who survived against desperate odds will forever be remembered.



Interpretative Path
Connecting the Interpretation Centre and Porter’s Point, along vistas of the sea, interpretive panels will tell some of the many stories that illuminate the central role sealing has played—and continues to play—in the lives of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.



Donor Thank You

The Home from The Sea Campaign has resonated hugely with an amazing number of supporters. In just 24 months, our Campaign Team received incredible support from the federal and provincial governments, businesses, unions, community groups and private citizens. We know this happened because our cause is close to the hearts of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. Thank you for your support and good wishes. Please visit our website at to view a full list of donors.

The Honourable John C. Crosbie
Honorary Patron



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