MP Larry Miller Calls for The Jane Miller Shipwreck to be Designated a Heritage Site

December 14, 2017

MP Larry Miller Calls for The Jane Miller Shipwreck to be Designated a Heritage Site

 

Owen Sound, ON – Larry Miller, Member of Parliament for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, is calling on Federal and Provincial Heritage Ministers to dedicate the recently discovered site of the wreck of The Jane Miller in Colpoy’s Bay as a restricted/grave archeological site for the purposes of protecting the site from disturbance as a result of tourism and diving activity.

 

Miller has written letters to the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, as well as the Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport for the Government of Ontario, to express his concerns and urge them to move swiftly to protect the site and secure a heritage designation.

 

The Jane Miller is a freight and passenger vessel that was built in 1879 and operated between Owen Sound and Manitoulan Island. While carrying 28 passengers, on November 26th, 1881, the ship sank. There were no survivors and no bodies were ever recovered. Three ship wreck hunters were granted permission this past year to search for the vessel and were successful in locating the wreck.

 

“I am calling on the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario to act as swiftly as possible to dedicate the site of the wreck of The Jane Miller as a restricted/grave archaeological site,” said Miller. “The ship still contains the bodies of local men and women whose families still reside in the local area. Out of respect to these men and women and their families, it is important to ensure that this site remains intact and free from disturbance from tourist and diving activities.”

 

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