Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield: Master chart maker of The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River
Date: October 28, 2021
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
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Description: Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield (1795-1885) was the greatest hydrographic surveyor in Canadian history. From the Lakehead to Labrador, he spent 40 years mapping Canada’s vast coasts and inland waterways for the British Admiralty. His navigational charts saved countless lives and vessels from shipwreck. Bayfield quite literally put the waterways leading to the heart of North America on the map.
In the early days of the Canada Company, a settlement on the shores of Lake Huron was named for Bayfield and a few years later was incorporated as a village. In a new book published by the Bayfield Historical Society, David Yates examines the life and work of the “Father of Canadian Hydrography.”
David Yates, author of Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield: Master chart maker of The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, is a retired Huron County secondary school teacher. His award-winning columns about people and events in Huron County’s past have appeared in community newspapers since 2007. He is the author of several popular books on local history, including Out of the Woods (2018), Out of the Blue (2019), and That Freedom Might Survive (2020).
This is a FREE online event, hosted over Google Meet (Link will be provided in the registration confirmation email).
This event is hosted by the Society for the Preservation of Historic Thornhill (SPOHT).Register on Eventbrite