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THE PORT HOLE

R. John Garside, AP, Editor-in-Chief
Prince Edward Power and Sail Squadron

It was August again and I was heading north to Lake Nipissing for my annual boating holiday at Camp MacMac, the remote fishing camp located on the south shore that my wife
and I had been visiting for the past few years. This year the
talk was about the drought. The spring rains had been a bit
on the thin side and for the last few weeks there had been no
rain at all. The ground was parched and the lakes thirsty for
more water. Lake Nipissing's water level though is controlled
by two very large dams that empty into the French River so I
felt all would be normal. That was not to be.
We arrived at the pickup point, Wades Landing, to discover
the water level of the lake was very low indeed, in fact many of
the docks had almost no water at all under them. When Cliff,
the camp owner, arrived, he docked the Lady Mac at the tip
of the wharf instead of the side because of the low water level.
Speaking to him as we were loading the boat he mentioned
that the water level was the lowest in over fifty years and it
was about four feet below normal! Of course that meant that
all those hidden rocks and shoals were now not so hidden and
travel on the lake had to be done very carefully. Now for many
the concern was about the fishing and how it was being affected, but the fishing was fine and not hampered at all.
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However, back at the camp while setting up my boat, Cliff
mentioned that one benefits of the lower water levels was
how many old docks, wharves and other artifacts could now
be seen that were not visible before. One of these items just
happened to be an old wreck that could only be seen when
the water was very, very low and this year it had come to the
surface for the first time in living memory. Intrigued I asked
where it was located and its background.
Cliff, ever the local historian, then filled in the blanks for me.
Just south of North Bay is the small town of Callander and during the late 1890s it was a busy shipping port for rough cut lumber and local fisherman. Much of the lumber trade was carried
out close to the shoreline and involved tug boats and barges
to move the final product to market. The town of Callander
decided that one year for some added excitement it would be
a good idea to torch one of the older tugs that was no longer
in use. This would attract a good crowd and be something to
watch, while having a few drinks, and celebrate the coming
of winter. So in the late 1890s the fated tug was placed in the
centre of Callander Bay and set alight! The tug burned very
nicely and drifted towards the far shore where it burned to the
waterline and sank. It was then forgotten and Callander moved
on to better things. However, every few years the bones of the
tug would break the surface and be a reminder to the town of
the event that took place on that December evening long ago.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting October 2017

Vantage Point: First Time Charter Vacation
Club Profile: Beaconsfield Yacht Club
Travel Destination: Cowichan Bay
Boatbuilder Profile: A Trip to Iconic Italian Yachtbuilder Riva and Lake Como
Charter Destination: Our Top 5 Caribbean Destinations
The Port Hole
Charter Destination: Antigua; A Beam Reach for Paradise
Sail Review: Elan GT5
Power Review: Jeanneau Leader 10.5
Crossing The Line: Boatonomics for 2018
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Canadian Yachting October 2017 - Vantage Point: First Time Charter Vacation
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Canadian Yachting October 2017 - Club Profile: Beaconsfield Yacht Club
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Canadian Yachting October 2017 - Travel Destination: Cowichan Bay
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Canadian Yachting October 2017 - Charter Destination: Our Top 5 Caribbean Destinations
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