Loss of the Speedy, The

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.


On the grounds of the museum at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, south of Brighton, off County Road 2

Region: Central Ontario

County/District: County of Northumberland

Municipality: Presqu'ile Provincial Park