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jimh posted 12-11-2012 11:56 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
The name Bayfield is well know to all who cruise the Upper Great Lakes. There is a town in Wisconsin near the Apostle Islands with the name. On the eastern shore of Lake Huron in Ontario is another town of Bayfield. We have visited both.

On several of the older Canadian charts, such as the older editions of Chart 2286, there are notations citing the survey data as having been collected by a Lt. Bayfield, as long ago as 1822.

Segment of Canadian Chart 2286, 1993 Edition
Chart 2286, 1993 Edition

All of these references are to Henry Wolsey Bayfield, a remarkable English sailor and surveyor. I found a good biographical sketch of Bayfield at

This short article give a great deal of background on Bayfield and his early days of surveying the Great Lakes.

dfmcintyre posted 12-11-2012 02:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Interesting. On the north side of Manatoulin Island, just east of Gore Bay, is Barrie Island. The term "island" has been out of date for decades, and there's been a road over to it for longer.

On the south side of Barrie, is Bayfield Sound. At the far end of the Sound, is Lake Wolsey. Paste the following L/L into Googlemap for further.

We spent 18 years on vacation on the point at Evansville.

45° 52.145' N 82° 35.804' W

Regards - Don

Hoosier posted 12-12-2012 08:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hoosier  Send Email to Hoosier     
Too bad Northernaire Lodge is gone, it would have been a great stop on a North Channel trip. The last two CW sponsored trips didn't make it into Bayfield Sound.
Moose posted 12-20-2012 05:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moose  Send Email to Moose     
The January/February 2013 issue of Michigan History Magazine has a article on the Great Lakes surveys of Lt. Bayfield. I read about half of it last night and knew I had seen his name recently elsewhere, finally recalled that it was here.
jimh posted 12-22-2012 10:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Moose--Don't throw out that issue. I would like to see it. I will have to check my local library to see if they subscribe to that periodical. It sounds very interesting.
jimh posted 12-16-2014 11:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
With some complicated internet searching of the Michigan Electronic Library, I was able to find the full text of the article about Lt. Bayfield in MICHIGAN HISTORY MAGAZINE on-line. See u=lom_accessmich&it=r&p=GRGM&sw=w& asid=8465d5705a60052d6437ddb1bdb229cb

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