The Sinking of the Algoma
Jerry Muskrat takes a dive into Lake Superior
In partnership with: Thunder Bay Museum
Jerry Muskrat is on his raft with Snappy, pretending to be the Captain of a ship in a storm. He spots a message in a bottle. It's from Captain Nemo, inviting Jerry to the bottom of Lake Superior to learn about about the sinking of the Algoma. Nemo recounts the tale of how the pride of the CPR fleet hit a sudden storm on Nov 7th, 1885, and sank near the shores of Port Arthur, now called Thunder Bay. With the help of Dr. N and Fulgur aboard the Nautilus, Jerry also learns about the concept of buoyancy, or the "Archimedes Principle". Nemo then sends him off to find a missing gear in Thunder Bay, under the watchful eye of the "Sleeping Giant".
Special note: we created this video with Thunder Bay Museum, as part of a touring exhibit about the Canadian shipwrecks of Lake Superior, including the SS Algoma.
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When I grow up... I want to be a Curator
A Curator is someone who spends every day working with objects from our past -- things like photographs, furniture, or old dresses, uniforms, radios, and even ships. Curators know how to preserve the things of the past so they will be around for centuries to come. They also research the history of the objects in their care.
Knowing about history is important. History tells us how our world was made, what succeeded in the past and what failed. That’s the only way we can learn. If you love history, you might want to grow up to become a curator.