Now Available -A New Book About the History of the Lake
Early Adventures at Put-in-Bay, Middle Bass
and Johnson's Island
by Michael Gora
This new book is a collection of true stories of the Lake Erie Islands
covering the period 1786-1865. Several of them contribute strongly to the
theory that the original Put-in-Bay harbor was the one called Burgundy Bay
off Middle Bass Island today. About half the stories are from pre-1830
newspapers and have not been in print anywhere in over 175 years.
Surprisingly, they are also not on the Internet. The book also contains the
first publication ever of a picture of John Yates Beall, the "Pirate of Lake
Erie", that was taken before he entered military service.
As I became more
deeply aware of the early history of the Lake Erie Islands, I was
surprised by some of the maps, stories and pictures that I found
because they were mostly unknown to the public at large. They had
certainly never been assembled before into readily available
material. The number of long forgotten items that others have
overlooked was greater than I expected.