Port Stanley - June 4, 1944, was one of the most tragic days in the history of Port
Stanley. On the afternoon of Sunday, June 4, 1944, a 27 foot charter boat, Olga,
left the west pier at Port Stanley with 32 people aboard for a half hour excursion.
At the end of the excursion as the boat rounded the west breakwater heading towards
the other side of the pier, it was hit broadside by a wave and capsized. Of the
32 people on board at the time, seventeen men, women and children drowned.
Today is the 75th anniversary of the Olga disaster and a commemorative stone is
located near the starting point of Port Stanley's west breakwater stands as a memorial
dedicated to all those who lost their lives that tragic afternoon.
Port Stanley residents Frank and Nancy Prothero had this memorial stone created,
Candy McManniman did the art work for it, and the Municipality of Central Elgin
donated the spot on the beach to be the memorial's home in 2014.