Ron Burgess, author of ‘The Lake Captain, 1812’ offering historical presentation in Sowerby, Ont.

Historic Cordukes Weber 12-Sided Barn.

Ron Burgess , author of The Lake Captain,1812, will be providing an historical presentation on Sunday, October 14th, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at the Historic Cordukes/Weber 12-Sided Barn (1410 Basswood Lake Rd.) in Sowerby.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the adjacent Sowerby Hall.

When the British ship, The Nancy, was sunk at Nottowasaga, the crew traveled by rowboat to Thessalon, where they captured two American vessels.  Hear about this historic event in the War of 1812.  Everyone welcome.  Admission is by free will offering. All proceeds will be donated to the Algoma Residential Community Hospice (ARCH).

The Lake Captain: 1812 deals with a small and forgotten chapter of Canadian history during the War of 1812 which took place on Lakes Erie and Huron. Captain Alexander Mackintosh and his uncle Angus Mackintosh were involved in the fur trade with the North West Company. Angus eventually became the twenty-fifth Chief of Clan Mackintosh in Inverness, Scotland. In the spring of 1812, Captain Alexander Mackintosh brought his ship, the six gun, eighty foot, fur trader Nancy to its home port of Sandwich. The Nancy was pressed into service with the British in an armed struggle with the newly formed United States, for the fur rich heartland of North America. In addition to serving with some of the best officers of the British Army and Royal Navy, Mackintosh found that he had to endure a few of the worst. After American victories over the Royal Navy on Lake Erie and the British army at Moraviantown, Mackintosh found himself in command of the “last British ship” on the Upper Great Lakes facing a formidable American fleet.

The schooner Nancy played a vital role in the Upper Great Lakes during the War of 1812. This is a highly fictionalized account of the ship and her captain, Alex Macintosh. The Americans are all aggressive, the Indians are all admirable, the British officers are mostly arrogant, but the captain and his crew are crafty, colourful and courageous. Author Ron Burgess’s excitement with history, experience as a teacher, and expertise in sailing Lake Huron combine to weave a lively yarn. Esteemed historian Barry Gough expertly presented the Nancy’s full factual history in Through Water, Ice & Fire: Schooner Nancy of the War of 1812.

Readers looking for a rollicking re-telling of the tale will also enjoy Burgess’s version.

The presentation is sponsored by The Big Basswood Lake Association; the Sowerby Heritage Centre Committee, and The North Shore Sentinel. To learn more about the author, go here:

Author Ron Burgess

Ron Burgess has taught high school history for over thirty years, and has been involved in the tourism industry of Northern Ontario as owner operator of North Huron Charters Ltd. operating out of Blind River, running bareboat sailing charters and safari sailing charters in the North Channel of Lake Huron. That has given him the background and inspiration to write The Lake Captain, 1812.