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Thunder Bay Museum Lecture (Virtual): Weather Bomb: Life and Death on the Great Lakes

April 21, 2022 @ 7:30 pm


Bruce Kemp is an internationally known, award-winning writer and photographer. He has covered everything from fine dining in Europe to the America’s Cup and voyages through the Northwest Passage. He has also been the editor of Travel A La Carte, Sailing Canada and Sail Ontario. His previous books include: The Complete Travel Writer, the Ports Cruising Guide to Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair, the 2006 update to the Ports Cruising Guide to the Rideau Canal, the recent Weather Bomb 1913: Life and Death on the Great Lakes and the novel: The Fugitive’s Son. Bruce taught his craft for more than twenty years starting at Lambton College, George Brown College, Okanagan College and the Centre for Arts and Technology (Okanagan). He is currently working on a documentary project about the history of navigation and is Chief Judge for the Travel Media Association of Canada’s annual national travel photo competition.

About the Book:

In the dark hours of November 9, 1913, death screamed across the Great Lakes in the guise of a rare white hurricane. The Storm continued to brutalize the region for most of the following week. It left in its wake crippled cities, paralyzed communications, 12 lost freighters, the corpses of more than 250 men and women, and a mystery that remains unsolved to this day. Weather Bomb 1913 is an accurate accounting of the causes and costs of the Storm as told by the few surviving witnesses who had a living memory of the carnage, courtroom testimony and newspaper reports of the day. Now modern ship captains and weather scientists contribute their expertise to help explain and define this horrendous “extra-tropical cyclone” and Bruce Kemp adds his skills as a writer to bring to life one of the most compelling dramas of the tragedy.

Speaker Bio:

Over the span of more than thirty years, Bruce’s writing and photography have earned him numerous awards from his peers. In 1987 he was selected to write the Canadian entry in the official America’s Cup Defence Program for the America’s Cup held in Perth, Australia, that year. His first national nomination came in 1987 when he was nominated as Nabisco Food Writer of the Year (Humour). In 1991 he was awarded the Lake Ontario Racing Council’s top honour for Best Colour and Composition in a sailing photo, as well as the Best Sailing Photo. In 2003 he won the Travel Media Association of Canada/Starwood Hotel’s Best Travel (People Photo – national). 2005 saw him win the Metroland In-House Design and Layout Award. Then 2006 was a very good year for him as he won the Travel Media Association of Canada’s Best People Photo once again plus the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Award for Best Travel Journalism and he capped the year off by taking home the prestigious international award of Caribbean Travel Photographer of the Year for his work on Trinidad’s annual Carnival. In 2011 he was once again on the podium to accept the Travel Media Association’s national award for Best Travel Photo (People), a feat which he repeated in 2014 along with a second place in family feature writing, and an Outstanding Achievement Award for Best Story About Travel In Canada.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Passcode: Kx8zPm

Webinar ID: 969 9300 0579


April 21, 2022
7:30 pm




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