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Shipwrecked on a Great Lake

Peter Rowe Posted by Peter Rowe in Blogs June 24th, 2014


In 1843, Canadian seaman Ned Myers told the story of his life to the famous American writer James Fenimore Cooper. In Cooper’s book, Myers told the story of the 1813 US amphibious attack on Toronto, and the subsequent sinking of the ship he sailed on during the attack.
Surviving sailor Ned Meyers played by British actor Jack Manser
Myers was one of the few survivors of the sinking; the bones of the many other sailors who sank with the ships sat untouched on the bottom of Lake Ontario for 167 years. Now, 201 years after the sinking, Shipwrecked on a Great Lake tells the full story of the attack, the sinking, and the discovery and exploration of the deep shipwrecks.
The film, from Director Peter Rowe, premiered on Saturday, June 14 on the main stage of the Mississauga Waterfront Festival, and is playing on a water screen at JC Saddington Park throughout July. All Mississauga screenings are free.
Director/filmmaker Peter Rowe, with camera on, "Widow maker"
boom during filming with lead actor Jack Manser
Shipwrecked on a Great Lake was filmed at locations across Ontario and Ohio, and on Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, in the summer of 2013.
British actor Jack Manser came from England to play the lead role of Ned Myers. CTV-Toronto reporter and anchor Ashley Rowe hosts and narrates the film. Toronto actor John Fray plays James Fenimore Cooper. Also seen in the film are the discoverer of the shipwrecks, Dan Nelson, underwater explorers Jacques Cousteau and Robert Ballard, and clandestine rogue diver Scott Stitt. Original music for the film was created by composer Vikas Kohli. The theme song of the film, When an East Wind Blows was written by Peter Rowe and sung by Jack Manser. Associate Producers of the film is Allan Levine.
The 1813 attack on Toronto was arguably the most traumatic event in the city’s history as well as being the first amphibious attack ever launched by the U.S.Marines. The “Hamilton” and “Scourge” are considered two of the best preserved and important 19th Century shipwrecks in the world. Shipwrecked on a Great Lake is the first time the full story of the battle and the sinking has been told on film.
Replica ship discharges canon. The Battle of York (Toronto)
was filmed with British, Canadian and American
uniformed soldiers
Rowe and the production team put replicas of the 19th Century ships into a Toronto wave tank, and then out on to Lake Ontario, to re-enact the storm that sunk the two ships. Wind machines, Rain Towers, underwater cameras and other specialized production tools were used to re-create the storm and shipwreck. To re-create the Battle of York (Toronto), the “Shipwrecked” cameras filmed hundreds of British, Canadian and American uniformed soldiers re-fighting the battle at three different forts on the Niagara Peninsula.
Shipwrecked on a Great Lake” was produced by Pinewood Films Inc for the Port Credit Village Project, and was supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the City of Mississauga, the City of Hamilton, Hamilton and Scourge Project, the Port Credit Community Foundation, the Port Credit BIA, the Hazel McCallion Foundation, the Mississauga Waterfront Festival, and Laser-Quantum Water Screens.
The press screening was at Lorne Park Public Library May 27 and the premiere at the Mississauga Waterfront Festival Saturday, June 14, on the large twin LED screens on the main stage. With a crowd of close to 5000  it was one of the largest movie premiere audiences ever in the GTA.
On July 1st, the 19th Century ship’s boat will be an entrant in the Port Credit Paint the Town Red Parade, with 15 year old singing sensation Clark Schlesinger singing the theme song of the film from the parade float. That evening the film will begin its run projected on a water screen (from Laser-Quantum International of Montreal) at JC Saddington Park, and will play from Wednesday to Sunday each week in July. The site, at the mouth of the Credit River (and foot of Mississauga Road) looks out on the lake to the distant site of the two shipwrecks.
The film will also play on July 20 at a major War of 1812 commemoration at Fieldcote Memorial Park in Ancaster, and will play the Artists’ Garden Cooperative in Toronto, on the huge screens of Celebration Square on September 12, and at the Explorers Club in New York City in November. All the Mississauga and Ancaster screenings are free.
Shipwrecked on a Great Lake is the latest of a long list of maritime-themed films from Peter Rowe. These include Treasure Island, starring Jack Palance and Kevin Zegers, Lost! starring Ken Welsh, Helen Shaver and Michael Hogan, Horse Latitudes, starring Gordon Pinsent, and many episodes of series Ocean Adventure Video Magazine, Exploring Under Sail, and Angry Planet.
Tuesday May 27, 7 PM Preview and Press Screening
South Mississauga Historical Society
Lorne Park Public Library, Mississauga
Saturday June 14, PREMIERE       
Mississauga Waterfront Festival, Port Credit      
Sunday June 15,
Mississauga Waterfront Festival, Port Credit
Tuesday July 1,8:45 PM
and every Wednesday - Sunday night July 2 to July 31
Projecting on a Water Screen at J.C..Saddington Park, Port Credit
Sunday July 20,2 PM
Bloody Assize War of 1812 Commemoration
Fieldcote Memorial Park, Ancaster
Thursday August 14,7:30 PM
Artists' Garden Cooperative, Toronto
Friday September 12,6:30 PM
Celebration Square, Square One, Mississauga
Wednesday, September 17, 6 PM
Travel Club of Cincinnati
Tuesday, November 6, 6 PM
The Explorers Club, New York City
Saturday, February 21,2015
Battle Creek, Michigan
Peter Rowe is represented by Franklin Film Artists  



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