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Lecture on the Ship Cosmo Coming Up in Quebec

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--October 9, 2013.

On Sunday afternoon, December 8, the Literary & Historical Society in Quebec’s Morrin Centre, will host a talk by author John Fry about the curious history of the celebrated Cosmo, one of the last of the great square-rigged wooden sailing ships built in the port of Quebec in the 19th Century. A large model of the Cosmo has been displayed for many years in the Society’s Library. A small model, owned by the Duke of Edinburgh, is in Buckingham Palace. The Cosmo was built in 1877 by Henry Fry, who was President of the Dominion Board of Trade, and was at one time Treasurer of the Literary & Historical Society.

Fry will be signing copies of his new book A Mind at Sea – Henry Fry and the Glorious Era of Quebec’s Sailing Ships, published by Dundurn Press. Henry Fry was Lloyd's agent for the St. Lawrence River from the Gaspé to Sorel between 1857 and 1877. He spent his summers at Cacouna, east of Rivière-du-Loup. He participated strenuously in the controversies, roughly between 1860 and 1870, regarding the regulation of pilots on the river.

A Mind at Sea will be available at this event for purchase.

On hand will be the doyenne of Quebec shipbuilding history, author Eileen Marcil, whose research was used extensively in the writing A Mind at Sea; and Gaston Déry, owner of a Cosmo model and of the extraordinary Lecouvie-Déry Collection of miniature ivory ships.

The event begins at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The Morrin Centre is at
44 Chaussée des Écossais, Quebec City. Paid parking is available in the streets or at the neighbouring parking lot SPAQ Chauveau (10 rue Pierre-Olivier-Chauveau).

RSVP 418.694.9147, or