Big Sodus Bay

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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
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Big Sodus Bay
Thirty-two miles W. S. W. 1/2 S. of Oswego, and thirty-six miles E. 1/2 N. of Genesee River is Big Sodus Bay, the most capacious and best harbour on the south shore of Lake Ontario.

It is entered from the Lake by a channel 470 feet wide, between piers which extend out into thirteen feet water.


The pier on the W. side is 1,200 feet long, and has on its northern extremity a fixed bright beacon light; that on the E. is nearly 1,000 feet long.

The average depth of water in mid-channel is ten feet, but immediately on entering the bay, the depth increases from twenty-five to 40 feet, with good holding ground.

Should the wind blow heavily from the northward, round the wooded and bushy spit marked P. in the Chart, and anchor where indicated; here the vessel is protected from every wind or sea.


The lighthouse, which is 66 feet high, is built on a hill about three-quarters of a mile due W. of the beacon light on the pier end. It is a good revolving light easily seen ten or twelve miles in the Lake.

This picturesque and fine harbour runs south or into the land for about six miles, and in its widest part is upwards of three miles. It is but little frequented, being used principally for ship-building purposes; the timber, however, is nearly exhausted.

Several small islands are situated at the upper or S. end of the bay, and a village, where provisions can be obtained, is reached by following the crib-work on the west side towards the lighthouse.


A strong current sets out of the bay about 2 1/2 knots.


Brown's Point bears W. by N. 8 miles, and Nine-mile Point (west of Oswego) E. N. E. 1/4 N. 23 miles.

NOTE.-This port cannot be mistaken at night, as it has the only revolving light between Port Dalhousie and Oswego,


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