The presentation “HMS Speedy: Tragedy and Mystery” will outline the true Canadian history story of the British gunboat, HMS Speedy, that disappeared in a storm near Presqu’ile Point in October 1804, with the loss of all 20 souls on board. Why did the Speedy sail to begin with? Who were the people on board and what were their family connections? What were the political conditions that changed Captain Paxton from a good civil servant into a tragic hero? Then, the discussion moves to the modern day and deals with the search for the remains of the ship, focused around the efforts of Ed Burtt, a professional diver from Belleville who was certain he had found remains of the Speedy during underwater survey work off Presqu’ile Point in the early 1990s. Why is it still a mystery? So many questions—all to be answered in this engaging talk that is based on Dan Buchanan’s recent book “The Wreck of HMS Speedy: The Tragedy That Shook Upper Canada”.
Speaker Dan Buchanan is a genealogist and historian. Known as a local “history guy,” Dan is involved in many organizations and projects in the Brighton area related to history and heritage.
Mini presentation: Why you should paint your chromosomes by Linda Reid