Several artifacts retrieved from Lake Huron, including from the ill-fated Erie Belle tug, have been presented to the Kincardine Walker House Museum.
The Kincardine News presented Walker House staff with the artifacts Nov. 2 after they were shipped to the newspaper by former Kincardine resident Carl LaFrance.
The finds include the brass casing of the compass from the Erie Belle and a brass frictionless ships log, used to measure speed and nautical mileage, which is believed to belong to the schooner J.N. Carter.
The two ships are linked in history. The Erie Belle was destroyed and four of 12 crew were killed in a boiler explosion south of Kincardine at what is now Boiler Beach on Nov. 21, 1883 while towing the Carter, which went aground. The schooner was freed from the shoal that winter after its cargo of lumber was loaded onto the ice. The J.N. Carter sank in Georgian Bay in September 1894. Read more.