Nearly a century after they died when their floating lighthouse sank in Lake Erie during a violent storm, six American servicemen are being honored by a Canadian community.
A plaque honoring the crew of Light Vessel 82 will be unveiled Saturday morning during a public ceremony at Waterfront Park in Fort Erie, Ontario. The captain and a five-member crew of lighthouse tenders remained on station during the November 1913 storm to warn other ships of the dangerous rocks and shoals off the Buffalo shore. The vessel eventually sank in 35-foot waves and 80-mph winds. The crew served with the U.S. Lighthouse Service, which merged with the U.S. Coast Guard in 1939. They were from New York, Ohio and Michigan.