A Near Fatal Trip on the Ploughboy

July 1, 1859
The Ploughboy off Lonely Island, Georgian Bay, by William Armstrong. Source: Toronto Public Library, Baldwin Collection.Pinterest
The Ploughboy off Lonely Island, Georgian Bay, by William Armstrong. Source: Toronto Public Library, Baldwin Collection.

In the summer of 1859, John A. was aboard the Ploughboy heading across Georgian Bay when the ship's engine failed. For almost two days, the boat pitched and tossed in gale force winds, travelling perilously close to the dramatic rocky coast of the Bruce Peninsula. The crew threw out anchors hoping to prevent the boat from running into the rocks but the anchors were futile in the deep waters. Finally, forty metres from shore, in water fifty-five metres deep, an anchor caught bottom and the boat and its passengers were saved from disaster.