A marathon swim evokes many emotions in the participants, and Vicki's epic two-day marathon clearly affected the emotions of the crew of her accompanying boats. Mary Sutherland was stimulated to write the following poem which is related both to the Lake Huron swim and to Vicki's incredible conquest of all five Great Lakes in the same year.
It is interesting that, without having seen this plaque until April 2000, I wrote a poem with a number of similar emotions to commemorate John Bulsza's crossing of Lake Ontario in August 1996.
The plaque is located in Goderich, Ontario. It stands adjacent to the boardwalk that overlooks the beach where Vicki finished her Lake Huron swim. The beach is just to the south of the harbour. The large brass plaque stands to the right of the plaque that commemorates Vicki's Lake Huron crossing. It forms a two page display, with seven verses on the left display and six verses on the right. The text is presented on the plaque in large and small capitals.
The five Great Lakes with their winds and gales
Were beaten into submission.
This time it was not by engines or sails,
But a girl with a heartwarming mission.
T'was the crossing of Huron we entered the scene,
It was Vicki Keith with her winning ways,
It was early one morning from Harbor Beach
The Lake wasn't kind, it was terribly rough.
Cross shipping lanes in the black of night
A mile and a half was our average speed,
At six in the morning when she waded ashore
There were hundreds who'd waited all night.
The cheers turned into a thunderous roar,
What a girl! She had won! What a sight!!
Lakes Erie and Huron were over and done,
For the final Lake, we were there on the sand
For Handicapped Children, a Pool will be built,
She's done what a lot of our Members have not,
The Scotia Blue and the Abigail II
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Created: 16th April 2000
Last Updated: 21st March 2003