A History Lesson from Urban Ink

In the beginning there were stories and like all surviving stories this one begins with a storm. On September 7, 1962, the fishing packer The Loretta B keeled under a violent westerly blow submerging five men and one woman to the dark sea.

The sinking of the Loretta B joins a long legacy of fishing tragedies that have ended in the drowning of men and women but in this one Eileen Lorenz, on the eve of her 18th birthday was a survivor. After being tied to fish crates by her husband and fellow crewmate, Eileen was set afloat, as one by one, four men including her husband and brother surrendered to the ocean, their bodies never to be found. After six hours in the eye of the dark storm, Eileen Lorenz was plucked from the water to bring in this new day one year older and eight months pregnant.

Women in Fish weaves this tragedy together with the bigger tragedy of the worlds fishing industry. This story reveals women’s contributions to what was once a top industry. Little is known about the strong role women played in this industry, from waiting on shore to owning and operating their own vessels, as cannery workers and raising their children on the boats.


Sarasvàti Productions is proud to be bringing urban ink and Women in Fish to FemFest 2012 this fall. The full production of this multi-media production will take place on September 18th at 7pmWoman In Fish aims to bring communities together through storytelling, dramatic performance, showcasing historical artefacts, and through discussion of women’s impact on our local industry. As a result we are particularly excited to include several community outreach opportunities as part of Women in Fish. Artist and facilitator Rosemary Georgeson will be in town from September 12-19 to meet with community members and host a gathering for aboriginal women. Rosemary is a First Nations woman from Galiano Island and urban ink’s aboriginal community director. A community presentation of the documentary film will also take place on Sunday, September 16 at 12:30pm at the Indian and Metis Friendship Centre (45 Robinson Street). As well, an installation is on display at the Millennium Library (on the main floor, across from the reference desk), which showcases the history of women in Manitoba and their impact/involvement in land-based industries.

For more information about FemFest 2012 and the many special events taking place, visit www.femfest.ca


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