Settlement History and the Speedy
A courthouse, the first of several projected public buildings, was to be inaugurated with the trial of an Ojibway Indian arrested for the murder of a fur trader. In October 1804, a schooner from the town of York (Toronto), carrying the prisoner, witnesses and the government dignitaries who were to try him, sank off of High Bluff Island with the loss of all hands.
The loss of the schooner, Speedy, and her notable passengers was a serious blow to the young province. Soon after that, the Governor of Upper Canada, decided that the site was inconvenient for a courthouse and jail, and the capital was erected at what later became the town of Cobourg.
- Special website constructed 2004 for 200th anniversary of the sinking of The Speedy http://www.friendsofpresquile.on.ca/speedy/index.html
- Newcastle and Lost on the Speedy - 2004 Tabloid.pdf
- Remembering Speedy.pdf