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June 07, 2013     Post 39
new book on Lake Ontario

Legends And Lore of Lake Ontario -Many Mysteries reside in the unknown dark depth

New book by Lake Ontario author Susan P. Gateley

Susan Peterson Gateley's newest book “Legends and Lore of Lake Ontario” will be available in June in bookstores in the area. It is being distributed by the History Press and tells of many hidden mysteries- sunken ships, unknown beasts, strange forces and sudden disappearances that lie beneath the lake's sunlit surface.

Odd sightings and events have long inspired stories of ghosts, UFO's and other bizarre phenomena. For centuries Lake Ontario has held its secrets, some of which are now revealed in this collection of lake lore. Did a comet really sink the schooner “Charity”? Can frogs and fish fall from the skies with a rain? And what has caused the sudden catastrophic crash in population of the lake's most mysterious fish- the amazing American eel?

In “Legends and Lore” Peterson Gateley re-tells famous old tales and shares some new mysteries as well. The book includes accounts of sudden 'tidal waves', historic and modern day sea monster sightings, and a trio of Lake Ontario fish stories about the sturgeon, the salmon and the American eel. Peterson Gateley, herself a sailor, also describes daring (and possibly foolish) feats of salvage on the lake, and the origins and powers associated with names. She details place names such as Soup Harbor, The Devil's Horseblock and Wicked Point on and by the lake, and tells the sad story of the schooner "Caroline Simpson"- a cautionary tale of what can happen when a ship is named after a dead child. The book also includes stories of some of the lake's most famous 19th and 20th century yachts.

The author says “legends and traditional folk lore contain timeless truths about the human condition and spirit. Stories such as these help us to make sense of the odd and fateful happenings in our lives and so we continue to share them.”

She has compiled an interesting mix of previously told tales and never before printed stories of events and objects that in some cases defy explanation. "Legends and Lore of Lake Ontario" will be available in bookstores throughout the south shore region in late June or can be found for sale on line. To learn more or order a copy directly from the author contact susan@silverwaters.com. The price is $19.99 plus $2.00 postage. (Photo to the right is of a stranded sea monster on a North Wolcott Beach- presumably it expired after spawning, note bumps on head characteristic of this species, Polyvinyl tuberosis. ( We think it escaped from the town water plant!)

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