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.
|Big Sodus Bay
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,
Return to Home Port electronic edition is based on the original in the collection of the
Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston.