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Sir Robert Peel

Trail Information

This British side wheel passenger steamer was built in Brockville around 1837. One evening in 1838 she was tied up at Wellesley Island for firewood, however she experienced a visit by 'pirate' Bill Johnston and friends disguised as Indians. After looting everything and robbing the passengers, they set fire to the 'Peel' and set her adrift to sink. She is found just upstream from the 1000 islands bridge.  The event of the burning of the Peel was part of the conflict known as the Patriot Wars.  She sits in 120-135' of water with her boiler sitting in 80' water.




Downstream from old Peel dock on Wellesley Island in 125 of water