“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Morpeth in Chatham-Kent County, Ontario — Central Canada

The Wilkins Expedition


The Wilkins Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
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.
Location. 42° 16.88′ N, 81° 50.593′ W. Marker is in Morpeth, Ontario, in Chatham-Kent County. Marker is at the intersection of Gardiner Avenue and Lakeshore Road, on the left when traveling east on Gardiner Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in Rondeau Provincial Park near the Visitor Centre. Marker is in this post office area: Morpeth, Ontario N0P 1X0, Canada.
Categories. Colonial EraDisastersWar, French and Indian
Credits. This page was last revised on September 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 78 times since then and 17 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on September 19, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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