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The Loss of the "Speedy"

The Loss of the

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted December, 2010

The Loss of the

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted December, 2010

Plaque Location

The County of Northumberland
The Municipality of Brighton
In Presqu'ile Provincial Park
in front of the Lighthouse Interpretive Centre
at the far end of the park's main road

Coordinates: N 43 59.906 W 77 40.622


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Plaque Text

In 1804 an Indian, Ogetonicut, arrested near York, was accused of murdering a trader, John Sharp, at Lake Scugog. The trial was to be held here in the projected, but never completed, district town of the Newcastle District. On October 7, the schooner "Speedy" sailed from York. Her passengers, in addition to the prisoner, included Solicitor-General Robert Gray, Judge Thomas Cochrane, High Constable John Fisk, and other participants in the trial. The ship appeared briefly off Presqu'ile on the 8th, before vanishing forever. The loss of so many prominent persons was a severe blow to the small colony.

Related Ontario plaque
The Scugog Route



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