|Gereaux Island, ON|
Description: The Greenville was used as a supply vessel in the Parry Sound Agency starting in 1918. On December 6, 1924, she was headed for Byng Inlet in Georgian Bay, when she was stranded on Burton Bank.
Unable to make out a set of range lights due to a blinding snowstorm, Captain Smith was anxiously searching for the flash of Gereaux Island Lighthouse, when the vessel struck. There was a good reason, he couldn't see the light, as it was out. Reaching Gereaux Island by boat, the Master of the Greenville climbed up to the lighthouse, where he met an astonished keeper approaching from the other side.
The keeper, who lived alone on the island, had run out of food, and, in danger of starving, had gone to the nearest town for suppliers. During his absence, the light had flickered out. The keeper was subsequently fired, but one must have sympathy for a man working under such conditions.
The Greenville, badly holed and partially flooded, remained stranded until the next spring, when she was towed off to drydock. The vessel remained in service until 1968, when she was caught in an ice floe and swept against a bridge abutment.
Located on the northern tip of Gereaux Island, just south of the entrance to Byng Inlet. The lighthouse is owned by the Canadian Coast Guard. Grounds/tower closed.
The lighthouse is owned by the Canadian Coast Guard. Grounds/tower closed.
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