Whitby Harbour

Table of Contents

Title Page
Harbours And Port
Toronto Harbour, Or Bay
The Port Of Liverpool, Or Pickering, Formerly Called Frenchman's Bay
Whitby Harbour
Port Darlington
Raby Head
Bond Head, Or Port Of Newcastle
Port Hope
Presqu'isle Harbour
Scotch Bonnet Lighthouse
Weller's Bay
Kingston Harbour
Sackett's Harbour
Port Ontario
Oswego Harbour
Little Sodus Bay
Big Sodus Bay
Genesee River
Oak Orchard Creek
Niagara River
Port Dalhousie
Port Of Hamilton & Burlington Canal
Port Credit
Wellington Square, And Nelson Or Bronte
Port Britain
Extract From "An Act To Compel Vessels To Carry A Light During The Night And To Make Sundry Provisions To Regulate The Navigation Of The Waters Of This Province." 14 & 15 Victoria, Chap. 126
Royal Humane Society's Directions for the Reocvery Of The Apparently Drowned
Table of Illustrations

Whitby Harbour
Six miles to the eastward of Liverpool, and 34 miles N. E. by E. of Toronto, is the Harbour of Whitby, one of the best and most secure on the north side of the Lake. It stands near the centre of a deep bay, between Raby Head on the E. and Scarboro' Heights on the West, and three and a half or four miles north of line drawn between these two points.

The harbour is formed by a strong breakwater of rip-rap or crib-work, stretching across the head of the bay, by which it is separated from the Lake; thus is enclosed a capacious basin, the entrance to which is at its eastern extremity, between piers running south a considerable distance into the Lake, 250 feet apart, and with 13 or 14 feet water in the channel.


The lighthouse, a is 12 feet high, built on the end of the west pier, (which extends a little further into the Lake than the east,) having a fixed white light, badly seen in approaching from the E. or W. but good from the southward.


A strong tide or current sets in and out of this harbour, which at times is so strong as to turn a vessel's head round, when entering with a light wind.

On entering this harbour, blowing fresh from the S. S. E. or S. W., steer for the Red Store House, keeping as close to it as safety will permit; then luff your vessel sharply to the wind, back the topsails, to check her way, and anchor as indicated in the chart.


Midway between Whitby and Liverpool there is a nasty shoal in shore, one mile W. of the township line.


From Whitby to Toronto, S. W. by W. 34 miles.

" " Burlington Canal, S. W. 1/4 W. 70 miles.

" " Port Dalhousie, S. S. W. 55 miles.

" " Rochester (clear of Braddock's Point) E. S. E. 1/4 S. 93 miles.

" " Oswego, E. by S. 153 miles.

" " Long Point Light, E. 107 miles.


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electronic edition is based on the original in the collection of the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston.