Trent-Severn Waterway Series: Forgotten Trades & Troubles


Vol. I Trent-Severn Waterway: Forgotten Trades and Troubles. Brock, Thorah, Mara, Rama Townships.
Seven gunshots were exchanged between “Mara Gang” and the Black Swamp Gang” in the Atherly “house of ill fame”. An increase in the price of whisky caused Beaverton to decline in the 1860s. A Brechin horse was saved by drinking two quarts of whiskey. The “limb reaper” caused many deaths in the bush of Brock Township.

Vol. II Trent-Severn Waterway: Forgotten Trades and Troubles. Victoria West

In the 1860s walking on water was a wet sport in Port Hoover. The residents of Dalrymple were frightened by a ghost which appeared in a “sheet of fire”. A cache of Spanish silver coins were discovered in a field near Kirkfield dated back to 1723. Manilla and Woodville were hotbeds of intemperance and fighting

Vol. III Trent-Severn Waterway: Kawartha and Haliburton Districts  (Available May 2018)
Vigilantes in Lindsey burned down ” houses of ill-repute”.  Omemee was plagued by lawlessness in the 1860s & 1870s. The appearance of sea serpents in Lake Cameron, Balsam and Sturgeon terrorized nearby residents.

Vol. IV Trent-Severn Waterway: Peterborough (Available May 2018)

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