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The Loss of the SS Florizel is a project by Admiralty House Communications Museum. This project involved conducting oral history interviews with residents of Newfoundland and Labrador, and using archival images and documents from community members, The Rooms, and the Centre for Newfoundland Studies to illustrate the stories behind the faces of the Florizel.

Newfoundland and Labradorians have become familiar with the events of the sinking of the Florizel through Cassie Brown’s book “A Winter’s Tale.” However, there were still undocumented details about the loss of the Florizel, and many stories left untold. We hope that through these personal stories the voices of those who survived, those whose lives were lost, and those who tried to save them can be heard again. Though the stories may be 100 years old, the thoughts, feelings, hopes and dreams of the passengers, crew and rescuers are similar to what we experience today and bring to life the people behind this disaster.

Written: Sandy Newton
Curated: Terra Barrett and Katie Crane, Heritage NL; Nora Allen, Admiralty House Communications Museum
Project Lead: Sarah Wade, Admiralty House Communications Museum
Translation Service: Francoservices Consulting Ltd.

Acknowledgements: Bowring Park Foundation, Cassie Brown, Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Dale Jarvis, The Rooms, Town of Renews-Cappahayden, Bernard and Jane Adey, Annette Boyle, Catherine Brophy, Paul Campbell, Cantwell/McDonald family, Elizabeth Carew,
Danny and Allison Costello, Barb Coughlin, Joan Dawson, Ted Dove, Randell Earle, Sandy Fahey, Patricia Finn, Ken Gatehouse, Ann Geer, Sheila Hallett, Nicholas Hamilton, Eugene Kane, Eugene Keating, Pat Kennedy, Brian and Ida Keough, Robert LeMessurier, Alan Lovell, Vince Lynch, Lynn McShane, Michael Miller, Nicholl/Tucker family, Keith Pittman, Mary Pittman, John Sparrow, Laurie Szuch, Bertha Thorne, Michael Truscott, Deanna Walter

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