It is not a port of so much importance in a mercantile point of view as many others, although, from the great depth of water in the bay, its secure and sheltered position, and tolerably easy access, it should be ranked amongst the best on the Lake. These recommendations, together with its capabilities of being strongly fortified, have induced the Government of the United states to make it their Naval Depot, or Arsenal.
It is situated on the south shore of Black River Bay, an arm of the Lake running several miles inland, having point Peninsula bearing W. by N. about nine miles, Great Stoney Island and Great Galloo Island, bearing W. by S. eleven and fifteen miles respectively.
The lighthouse is built on a rock called Horse Island, at the South-Western point of Black River Bay , one and a half miles W. of the Harbour; it has a good fixed bright light. The lighthouse on the Galloo Island is at its S. W. end, hearing W. by S. 1/2 S., distant 21 miles.
In making this harbour from the westward, steer for the mid-channel, between the Ducks and Galloo Island, thence E. by N. direct into the bay, midway between the light on Horse Island and Point Peninsula.
From Kingston, after passing Nine Mile Point on Simcoe Island, two courses may be taken: 1st S. by W. for about ten miles, until south of Charity Shoal, thence E. S. E. 15 miles, till abreast of Point Peninsula, thence E. into the harbour ; or, 2nd, if the wind be favourable, after passing Nine Mile Point, steer S. E. 23 miles till off Point Peninsula, thence E. as before. This course will leave Pigeon Island and Charity Shoal well to the westward.
COURSES AND DISTANCES.
Return to Home Portelectronic edition is based on the original in the collection of the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston.