Maritime Tales of Lake Ontario

Maritime Tales of Lake Ontario

by Susan Peterson Gateley


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Easternmost of the Great Lakes, Lake Ontario is bordered by both New York and Ontario. Upon its pristine surface, countless vessels have sailed, but its bottom depths are littered with the skeletons of shipwrecks, including HMS Ontario, caught and destroyed in one of the sudden storms that often turn this sea-like lake deadly. Daring mariners, male and female, have seen their share of peril, and battles during wars between Britain and the United States and Canada have also been waged here. From Huron canoes to today's "Sunday sailors" who venture from shore only during warmer months, local author Susan Gateley tells some of the lake's most exciting stories.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609496845
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 06/26/2012
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 765,191
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Susan Gateley is a locally and nationally published writer. She has authored six full length nonfiction books on Lake Ontario, as well as several shorter works. She is active in the North Wolcott and Sterling Historical Societies, and she publishes the Lake Ontario Log at

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements 9

The Lake Declares War 15

Rène Hypolite Pepin La Force: Master Mariner, Naval Commander and Canadian Patriot 30

Captain Van Cleve: Businessman, Artist, Author and Mariner 45

Shipwrecks during the Age of Sail 60

Deadly November 79

Larger-Than-Life Lake Mariners 90

The Lake's Loneliest Island 101

The Seaway System: Boon or Bungle? 115

Sources and Further Reading 125

About the Author 127

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