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Shipwrecks of Presqu'ile Bay

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Hidden : 7/23/2007
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Geocache Description:

A beautiful view of Lake Ontario, a graveyard of many ships.

This is a small camo'd Lock-n-Lock just large enough for a logbook and a geocoin or two. There is no pen, so please bring your own pen to sign the log.

Parking: You can park just a few metres north of the cache coordinates at the end of Cedardale Rd.

There is was a small but fitting first-to-find prize. Congratulations to butterfly5 for being FTF.

While you are hunting for this cache, take a few minutes to look at the lake that spreads out to the south of you. Lake Ontario is a large "inland sea", one of the five Great Lakes.

Before the era of the automobile, the Great Lakes formed part of the "highway" of the day, and sailing ships were the lifeblood of this part of Canada. Many ships passed this way, loaded with all of the things that people needed to survive, bringing settlers and supplies, and carrying away the bounty of the land.

Although countless ships have come and gone, several silent ones still remain: Just off the shore, not far from this cache, lie several shipwrecks. Slightly to the south-west lies the Minnie, a wooden, two-masted schooner that sank during a storm on November 2, 1877. And, slightly to the south-east lies an unidentified ship called the "Cedardale wreck", whose true name and history are held secret below the waves. Farther east of here lies the Ida Walker, another wooden schooner that sank during another storm on November 18, 1886. Further south, the Belle Sheridan was grounded during the Great Gale of November, 1880; thirty-two people died, including the ship's captain and three of his sons, although a fourth son survived (see picture below). Even further south, its location still widely unknown, lies the wreck of the famous H.M.S. Speedy that sank on October 8, 1804, taking the lives of at least 20 people, and changing the course of Canada's history.

Truly, the storms of November have wrought havoc on the wooden ships of the past, and brought disaster to the brave souls that were swallowed by the waves.

Some people blame this area's danger on the "Sophiasburgh Triangle", a zone described here as "steeped in myth and legend since the 1700s for swallowing ships whole. As many as 100 ships sank here off Presqu'ile."

This cache is placed in honour of the sailing ships of old that plied the waters of Lake Ontario and played a significant role in the building of the nation of Canada.

You can learn more about the shipwrecks of Presqu'ile Bay here:

Great Lakes Shipwrecks Research
Shipping from Brighton
Remembering the Speedy
Read about the H.M.S. Speedy in Wikipedia
Locating the H.M.S. Speedy
Mariner's Park Museum
Capt. McSherry
The loss of the Belle Sheridan

Photo of the plaque near the Presqu’ile Lighthouse
showing approximate wreck locations.

Belle Sheridan

HMS Speedy

The Belle Sheridan’s sole survivor,
the captain's son, James McSherry

Map of Presqu’ile Bay,
showing the "Sophiasburgh Triangle"

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