The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Juno (Propeller), abandoned

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      "The Old Wreck" has been sighted again. This fact and the seemingly unrelated one of revived interest in fishing off the shore from Willow Lake brings to mind an early bit of Cove history. For many years part of an old ship lay partly buried in the sand and partly jutting into the the water precisely in front of Cove Cottage. Other wrecks came and went but this particular one remained and became as much a part of the place as the very lake itself. It was affectionately known as "The Old Wreck" and served as dock, diving board, wash stand, sand castle rendezvous and lovers' lookout. Finally the winters' storms accomplished their worst and took The Old Wreck from sight. No one knew where. This year it has been found again, almost completely buried in gravel, not far from its original resting place.
Recent comers to The Cove may wonder how the wreck first came here. Years ago a temporary harbor was built into Willow Lake where ships could come and load with gravel from our beach and carry it off for the building of the Welland Canal. An old ship, "The JUNO," and "The ERIE BELLE," a scow were used to make the harbor. The lake was dredged and a long embankment of sand thrown up along the edge of Willow Lake. A long, low bunkhouse for the workmen was built on Cedarcrest side of the lake. This was the first building to appear on Cedarcrest, which was nameless at that time.
After its work was finished, this temporary harbor was abandoned and left to be battered by the winds and water and scattered hither and yon. Now all that remains to remind us of this episode in our history is one small bit of sand bank bordering Willow Lake. the fishing banks which are the underwater remains of the harbor and "The Old Wreck" which has put in an appearance once again.
      Bowmanville Statesman
      August 9, 1951

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Reason: abandoned
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Publication:
1 Nov 1912
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Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.91682 Longitude: -78.68286
William R. McNeil
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Juno (Propeller), abandoned