A hundred years ago, a monster storm hit the Great Lakes region in November, resulting in the deaths of 256 people and the loss of nineteen vessels. Known by many names — the Freshwater Fury, the Big Blow, the White Hurricane — storm remains the region’s most destructive on record.
It occurred as a result of the collision of two violent weather systems and lasted from November 7 to November 11, with the worst of the storm taking place on November 9 on Lake Huron.
The event is remembered today by many people who live along the shores of the lakes.
David MacAdam is one of them. The singer, songwriter, and marine consultant from Goderich, Ontario, compiled an album devoted to stories about the storm.
Listen to MacAdam introduce and perform the song “Nobody Claims Me.”
MacAdam’s complete album, 1913 Storm, is available on iTunes or by ordering a CD.
Writer Bruce Kemp’s article about the storm, “Freshwater Fury,” appears in the October-November 2013 issue of Canada’s History magazine, now available at newsstands. Or, subscribe to the magazine for convenient home delivery.