Sand Point, Ontario


Sand Point, Ontario

Sand Point is a community in Ontario along the Ottawa River, roughly six miles to the west of Arnprior on the River Road. During the 1860s and early 1870s it was the terminus of the Canada Central Railway (subsequently acquired by the Canadian Pacific Railway).

Accident

On February 9, 1904, fifteen people were killed in a railway accident near Sand Point. The names of the thirteen killed at the scene were:
*Joseph Jackson, engineer, Ottawa
*W. Mullen, newsagent, Montreal
*Robert Thompson, express messenger, Montreal
*John O'Toole, baggageman, Ottawa
*Ernest Dubois, firefighter, Hochelaga
*Nelson Robertson, express manager, Montreal
*Joseph Chalu
*Dolphis Seguin
*J. Carriere
*M. LeBrun
*William Pouilotte, Whitney, Ontario
*two unidentified persons

Description

In the accident Canadian Pacific train 7 collided head on with Canadian Pacific train 8 about two miles west of Sand Point. Thirteen (sic) people died ... [http://www.railways.incanada.net/candate/ottawa.htm Dead link]

Sand Point Ferry

For decades Sand Point was the Ontario terminus of the Sand Point-Norway Bay ferry which provided access to the CPR and Anrprior. From 1923 to 1963 the ferry, Norvic, landed at the Norway Bay Wharf. The ferry was sold in 1963. Mr. Gamble who owned the ferry paid the wharfage fees charged each year by the federal government. [http://www.bristolmunicipality.com/wharves.html] The ferry has been revived as a tour boat in the 1000 Islands system.

For those who are familiar with the Norvic, as I am, the vessel had a very distinctive and unique bow and stern shape. In approximately the year 2003, the easily recognizable hull of the boat was sited as the base of a refurbished yacht tied up at a marina on the Ottawa River near Rideau falls.

Rhoddy's Bay

Rhoddy's Bay just west of Sand Point along the River Road is a popular summer cottage destination with great beaches and sandy river bottoms.

See also

* List of rail accidents

References

*cite journal|title=Thirteen Dead, 19 Hurt, Sand Point Collision|date=Wednesday, February 10, 1904|journal=The Citizen, Ottawa, Canada

* [http://www.railways.incanada.net/circle/Wrecks.html Dead]
* [http://experts.about.com/e/s/sa/Sand_Point,_Ontario.htm Wiki]
* [http://www.rbstudiobooks.com/wreck.html Wreck! Canada's Worst Railway Accidents]


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