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"Faces of the Florizel"

Sponsor: Admiralty House Communications Museum and the Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs
Start date: Friday, February 23, 2018
End date: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Closest town: St. John's and Mount Pearl, NL
Directions to location: Admiralty House Communications Museum, Mount Pearl, NL
Opening times: Full AM and PM, Feb 23rd and 24th
Cost: NA
Talk-in frequency: All HF Bands using SS Florizel callsign VO1MZL
Description: On February 23, 1918 the SS Florizel left St. John’s,NL for what would be its final journey. What was supposed to be a routine trip from St. John’s to Halifax and then to New York ended in tragedy. Blizzard conditions and miscommunication between the bridge and the engine room caused the vessel to crash into the rocks near Cappahayden, Newfoundland. Of the 137 souls on board, only 44 survived.

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the wreck of the SS Florizel, and Admiralty House Museum is creating a new exhibit titled “Faces of the Florizel”. This commemorative exhibit will feature memories of family members, oral histories, archival records, and artifacts from the individuals connected to the shipwreck, whether they were on the SS Florizel or part of the rescue efforts.

“In the early hours of Sunday, February 24, 1918, an SOS Morse code message was sent from the SS Florizel. That message was received at the HM Wireless Station, which is where Admiralty House Communications Museum currently resides”.

Admiralty House will be partnering with the Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs (SONRA). SONRA and Station Manager VO1DK plan to operate on the HF bands using the Florizel’s callsign “VO1MZL” during February 23 to 24.
For more info: Contact VO1DK, Everett (Ev) Price (Museum Board Director and Station Manager) vo1dk@rac.ca
Email contact: VO1DK@RAC.CA
Webpage: http://www.admiraltymuseum.ca/
Date updated: 2018-01-12 13:36:31
Author: Everett Price, VO1DK
 
 

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