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Escuminac Disaster Monument

Escuminac Point Road, Escuminac, New Brunswick, E9A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1999/12/01

The image presents the commemorative statue, the active fishing wharf, and the view into the Gulf of St. Lawrence.; PNB 2005
Image of the commemorative statue
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Other Name(s)

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Construction Date(s)

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/03/17

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.

Heritage Value

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

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.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

New Brunswick

Recognition Authority

Province of New Brunswick

Recognition Statute

Historic Sites Protection Act, s. 2(1)

Recognition Type

Historic Sites Protection Act – Historic

Recognition Date

1999/12/01

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

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

Current

Community
Commemorative Monument

Historic

Community
Public Art or Furnishings

Architect / Designer

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Builder

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Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

New Brunswick Culture and Sport Secretariat, Heritage Branch, Site File # 91.

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

91

Status

Published

Related Places

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