August 2018 Newsletter

Hello everyone,

The summer is just flying by. It's hard to imagine that the month of August has arrived. I hope all are well and are enjoying the hazy lazy days of summer. Before you know it we will be getting ready for curling. You may also want to have a look at your curling gear to see if any of it needs to be replaced as registration is just around the corner. In fact, registration night is only 43 days away!!!!

Registration:

Registration will take place at the club on Wednesday, September 12 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. We will be having a BBQ as well, so come on down and enjoy a burger, register and catch up with members you may not have seen since curling ended back in March. We are always looking for new members. Talk to neighbours, work colleagues and friends about our great club and the various leagues that are available. Don't forget to tell them about the "New Member" rate of $200.00 which allows them to play as many nights as they wish all season long.

See the attached form (click here) with the new rates. Feel free to print a copy of the form and drop off your completed form and payment to the club office if you are unable to attend registration night.

Lindsay Fair Gates:

As mentioned in our last newsletter we will manning the Fair gates again this year. Cathy Terry informed us that there are going to be some changes this year and she has confirmed that there will be an information/training session at the club on Monday, September 17th at 7:00 pm. If you are able to help us out during the week of the Fair (September 19th to 23rd) you may want to jot this time and date down.

Golf and Steak Day:

Sunday, September 30th has been booked to go and enjoy twelve holes of golf at Deer Run Golf Course and then back to the club for a BBQ dinner. Please see the form (Click the link for the form) to register for the day. We would like to know final numbers prior to September 7th or at the very latest Wednesday, September 12th (Registration Night) to assist in making plans for the day.

Lost Stones: (continued)

 

“The Finest Consignment of Curling Stones Ever…”

Written by David M. Sgriccia
Detroit Curling Club
 

Part 4 Lost

At 7:45 p.m., the Athenia’s radio operator makes contact with a Norwegian freighter which is only 40 miles away. The U-30 surfaces at 8:15. From the conning tower the crew can easily see the stricken Athenia. With a jolt, Lemp realizes that instead of an armed merchant cruiser, he has torpedoed an unarmed passenger liner. Lemp later claimed that the fact that the Athenia was steering a zigzag course which seemed to be well off the normal shipping routes made him believe she was either a troopship or an armed merchant cruiser, and when he realized his error, he took the first steps to conceal the facts by omitting to make an entry in the submarine's log, and swearing his crew to secrecy.

The chief radio officer on the Athenia continues to send out SOS messages. He makes contact with the American freighter City of Flint and a luxury yacht – both are on their way to help. By 9:15, all but two of the lifeboats have been lowered. At 10 p.m., Captain Cook is informed that all passengers are off the ship. The wireless room sends out its last message that they are abandoning ship.

Just after midnight the Norwegian freighter arrives on the scene to help rescue survivors. Two Royal Navy destroyers have arrived at the scene by 4:30 a.m. The City of Flint arrives in the early morning hours. The Athenia stays afloat for 14 hours, slipping below the surface at 10:40 a.m.

The German government vehemently denied sinking the Athenia. It blamed Winston Churchill, who was then the First Lord of the Admiralty, for sinking the Athenia in order to draw the USA into the war. The truth did not emerge until January 1946 at the Nuremberg trials, during the case against Grand Admiral Erich Raeder, when a statement by Dönitz was read in which he admitted that Athenia had been torpedoed by U-30 and that every effort had been made to cover it up, including ordering Lemp to alter his log book. Lemp died on May 9, 1941, when the U-boat he commanded was captured.

During the weeks and months that followed the sinking of the Athenia, many newspapers from coast to coast reworded the original article about the lost curling stones. It was used as filler. Many of the papers were in cities where the readership probably didn’t even know about the sport of curling. Examples: Tucson, AZ; San Bernardino, CA; Brownsville, TX; Shamokin, PA. Here is one from the Marshall News Messenger in Marshall, Texas:

WAR HITS CURLERS
MONTREAL – Canadian curlers already have been handicapped by the war. Fifty sets of curling stones, consigned from Scotland, went to the bottom with the Athenia
 

On September 20, 1939, Andrew Kay & Co. dispatched a letter to Mr. Chisholm in Toronto with the schedule on how they planned to replace the stones lost at sea. The Lindsay CC order would ship in mid-December 1939. The London CC stones would ship three weeks later, and the Toronto High Park stones would ship in another three weeks. This matches the High Park Club records, which state that the new stones were received in February 1940.

In the summer of 2017, Mr. David Mearns, an experienced shipwreck hunter, announced he had found what he believes to be the site of the SS Athenia in 650 feet of water. He said divers had not yet visited the site.

It was a big loss for curlers to lose 278 curling stones, but we should never forget the 112 people who died that day from the sinking of the SS Athenia or the millions that died during the war years that followed.

The End
© 2018 Angus MacTavish

This completes the four part article that was written by David M. Sgriccia. It gives us an account of some of the history of the Lindsay Curling Club.

Reminders for your Calendar:

  • Wednesday, September 12th - Registration for the 2018/19 curling season 5:30 - 8:00 pm
  • Monday, September 17th – Information and Training session at the club for the Fair gates
  • September 19th to 23rd - Lindsay Fair - LCC works the gates
  • Sunday, September 30th – Golf and Steak Day
 

That's all for now, enjoy the rest of the summer!!!!!

Dave Nigh