Escuminac Disaster Monument
Escuminac Point Road, Escuminac, New Brunswick, E9A, Canada
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Escuminac Disaster Monument Provincial Historic Site consists of the site of the commemorative sculpture by Claude Roussel overlooking the Escuminac Wharf, in the Village of Escuminac, Northumberland County. The sculpture recognizes the Escuminac Disaster.
On June 20, 1959, a devastating storm in Northumberland Strait took the lives of thirty-five fishermen. This event has been described as one of the province’s most tragic natural disasters. This tragedy, which shocked the nation, witnessed heroic acts of bravery and lifesaving seamanship.
The commemorative sculptured statue of three fishermen is by well-known New Brunswick artist Claude Roussel. Lord Beaverbrook, one of New Brunswick’s greatest benefactors, commissioned the work of art for the community’s 10th anniversary of the catastrophe.
Source: New Brunswick Culture and Sport Secretariat, Heritage Branch, Site File # 91.
Character-defining elements of the Escuminac Disaster Monument Provincial Historic Site include:
- the commemorative sculpture;
- the viewscape, including the statue, the active fishing wharf, and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Province of New Brunswick
Historic Sites Protection Act, s. 2(1)
Historic Sites Protection Act – Historic
1959/01/01 to 1959/01/01
Theme - Category and Type
- Building Social and Community Life
- Education and Social Well-Being
- Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
- Architecture and Design
Function - Category and Type
- Commemorative Monument
- Public Art or Furnishings
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
New Brunswick Culture and Sport Secretariat, Heritage Branch, Site File # 91.
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