A program of story, songs and displays called “Ghost Ships and the Flood: Remembering the Tewksbury Incident,” which was rained out earlier this month, will be held starting at 2 p.m. Saturday in Buffalo River Fest Park, 249 Ohio St. In case of rain again, the event will be moved indoors to the Valley Community Center, 93 Leddy St.
The program will begin with the stories of those who recall the incident on Jan. 21, 1959, when ice floes broke the mooring lines of a big lake freighter, the MacGilvray Shiras, which then rammed the Michael K. Tewksbury, which then struck and destroyed the Michigan Avenue lift bridge. The wreck blocked the Buffalo River and flooded an estimated 18-block area of the Valley, Old First Ward and South Buffalo. Anyone who recalls the wreck or its aftermath is welcome to speak.
Music will follow by the folk rock band The Larkin Project, led by singer and songwriter Peter Burakowski, which will perform the song, “The Tewksbury Incident,” and The LeftOvers, who will sing “The Tewksbury Saga.” Historical photos and articles about the Tewksbury Incident from Waterfront Memories and More Museum will be displayed, and food and drinks will be sold.