The November Meeting was a great success, a most enjoyable evening for all present. We sincerely thank Brian Hebb for lending us his film on the rebuilding of TRILLIUM, and Captains Richard Farley and Charles Colenutt for sharing with us some of their experiences aboard TRILLIUM since her return to service.
We greatly appreciate the speedy response of so many members to our recent requests for membership renewals. Many of you sent additional funds to help defray postage costs, etc., and many more wrote very kind notes concerning the quality of our publication. We could not possibly send personal replies to all who wrote, but we want you all to understand how much we value your kindness and your continued support.
In the New Member Department, a hearty welcome goes out to Richard Bockus of St. Catharines, to Jack P. Dowhy of Dollard des Ormeaux, Quebec, to Cyril F. Hudson of Sarnia, to Lawrence C. Reha of Harsens Island, Michigan, to Ronald Frantz of Marine City, Michigan, to David R. Nolan of Ashtabula, Ohio, to W. P. Dunphy of Guelph, to Capt. Ronald McDonald of Prescott, and to William J. Bauer of Elmhurst, Illinois.
The 1980 navigation season has been an unusual one on the Great Lakes. We have seen some of the worst business conditions in recent memory, with the result that many lakers spent part if not all of the year in lay-up. With the shipyards extremely busy on new construction, it is very likely that many of the vessels idled in 1980 will never again see active service. Some very familiar boats have passed into history during the year, and many more will soon follow unless there should occur a marked reversal of present trends.
The 1980 season had its share of major accidents, but we can all derive considerable satisfaction from the fact that the number of such misfortunes was much reduced from the shocking total which was run up during 1979. We sincerely hope that all of our friends and members who sail the lakes or who are engaged in vessel management chalked up a happy and safe navigation season this year and we wish them the same for 1981. Indeed, we extend the same wish to all of our members, and to our Society itself.
But now, as the skies and waters of the lakes take on the familiar grey tint of winter, as the snows obscure the horizons, and as the haze rises from the cold waters, the ships scurry about for their last cargoes of the year before heading for the calm and safety of winter quarters. We wish them safe passage.
And to all of the many members of the Toronto Marine Historical Society, we extend our very best wishes for a Merry Christmas and for all possible Happiness in the New Year. Take care, friends, and may 1981 bring to you all a full measure of love, warmth and success.
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