Course Details

Canadian Disasters: Railways & Ships
In this history course we shall briefly visit some of Canada’s most notorious disasters along railways and our coasts, lakes and rivers. This course is intended to be part of a series which, if they are worthy, will include other categories of disasters in Canada including aircraft, fires, natural disasters and more. In the first session of this first component of the projected series, we will learn of some–among so many–of Canada’s worst and often so tragic shipwrecks. We will range from disasters such as the disappearance of HMS Speedy in Ontario to the sinking of the Empress of Ireland and the strange story of SS Viking in Newfoundland plus several more from coast to coast. In the second session we will learn of train wrecks ranging from one at Baptiste Creek (in Chatham-Kent) to another in the mountains of British Columbia and another in St. Thomas, Ontario plus several more that took so many lives. Class Size: Max 25

SPECIAL NOTE: Proof of being fully vaccinated and proof of ID is required to attend this course.

Instructors: Bob Mitchell, Gary MacLeod and Lloyd Brown-John,
BIO NOTE: Bob, member of the Canadian Railroad Historical Association and the Bytown Railway Society, is a life-long student of Canadian railroad history who has volunteered many years in the operation of tourist excursion trains and in the restoration of vintage railroad equipment. Gary was employed many years in marketing and operations throughout the Canadian National Railways system. Widely travelled, Gary is a student of Canadian and world history. These two ElderCollege veterans have presented a dozen different courses related to the railways of Canada. Lloyd is a retired professor of political science. He is also an author of several books, a retired columnist, and a retired political analyst. Lloyd worked for a summer as a deckhand on a B.C. tugboat but always dreamed of being a train engineer! He and Marilyn also founded ElderCollege

Course Info
Course Name Canadian Disasters: Railways & Ships
Course Cost 35
Total Hours 4
Material Cost 0
Extra Fees 0
Buffet No
Special Notice No
  • Bob Mitchell, Gary MacLeod & Lloyd Brown-John

Class Location
Name of LocationCanterbury College
Address2500 University Avenue West, Windsor, ON

Date Start Time End Time
2021-11-23 01:30 PM 03:30 PM
2021-11-30 01:30 PM 03:30 PM