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Morpeth in Chatham-Kent, Ontario — Central Canada (North America)

The Wilkins Expedition


The Wilkins Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, September 1, 2017
1. The Wilkins Expedition Marker
Inscription.  On November 7, 1763 a fleet of small boats carrying nearly 700 officers and men of the 60th and 80th Regiments under Major John Wilkins was forced ashore by a violent storm abut three miles east of this point. The expedition had set out from Niagara on October 19 to relieve the British post at Detroit commanded by Major Henry Gladwin, which was then under siege by a powerful force of Indians led by Pontiac. Some seventy men and twenty boats with most of the supplies were lost in the storm. Wilkins and the survivors reached the shore where they buried the dead and encamped for five days before returning to Niagara.
Erected by Ontario Archaeological and Historic Sites Board.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraDisastersWar, French and Indian. A significant historical date for this entry is October 19, 1763.
Location. 42° 16.88′ N, 81° 50.593′ W. Marker is in Morpeth, Ontario, in Chatham-Kent. Marker is at the intersection of Gardiner Avenue and Lakeshore Road, on the left when traveling east on Gardiner Avenue. Marker
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is in Rondeau Provincial Park near the Visitor Centre. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Morpeth ON N0P 1X0, Canada. Touch for directions.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 19, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 308 times since then and 7 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on September 19, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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