THE NEW PERMANENT EXHIBITION CELEBRATES THE ST. LAWRENCE RIVER AND ITS FORMATIVE INFLUENCE ON QUEBEC AND ANCHORS QUEBEC’S MARITIME HISTORY IN THE PRESENT.
Sea Roots features more than 80 artefacts from the Museum’s rich collection, as well as video testimonials. The exhibition invites visitors to rediscover the river, which, more than any landscape, is embedded in the genes of Quebecers. Mirroring the movement of populations inland from the St. Lawrence, it offers a backwash, a return to the river, prow head of the Quebec identity.
It is this essential goal to go beyond material history that distinguishes the exhibition. The exhibition sounds the traces of the maritime past through rituals, legends, and true stories drawn from the collective memory. The evocative artefacts are enriched with the reminiscences of sailors and shore dwellers, all anchored in the 19th and 20th centuries. Visitors can view the bell of the Empress of Ireland or listen to a survivor who witnessed his companions perishing in the 1966 sinking of the dredge The Manseau 101.
Sea Roots takes a fresh look at this river that has sustained a people. The exhibition covers naval construction and the river as an essential route of commerce and communication, explores shipwrecks and tragedies that shaped beliefs and the imagination and deals with the transformation of our relationship to the waterway, particularly through the development of navigational aids and the gradual emancipation of the inhabitants who moved away from the river.
(subtitled in english in the exhibition) :
” Son and grandson of sailor, ship’s boy at the age of 14, captain at 17, he crossed 250 times the Atlantic Ocean before venturing into Great North. hardly known waters.”
” His time is that of the last big sailboats, the prosperous exotic business from Rio to Liverpool or Gibraltar, the dynamic shipyards of Quebec, the discipline on board and the death watching in every wave. ❲…❳
This talented sailor was greeted by princes; he baptized islands, refloated ships, accumulated the challenges by pleasure more than out of a sense of duty, acquired considerable knowledge, wrote regularly his diary, amassed a fortune then spent it to convince his fellow countrymen of the necessity of repatriating the North.
Legendary in his lifetime, he was nevertheless fast forgotten after his death. But as the progress makes look smaller the planet, do not we find the nostalgia for the great epics? That of Captain Bernier turns out one of the most fascinating of our close history.” – Paul Terrien, “Les Mémoires de J.E. Bernier, marin, explorateur et découvreur”
À votre tour to discover this old salt and legendary hero who gave an arctic border to his country.
Newspaper L’Oie blanche :
Newspaper Le Placoteux :