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Speedy struck the mysterious Devil's Horseblock (or Hitching Post), a stone pinnacle that extended up to within 20 cm of the surface.The area was dragged with hooks in a government-sponsored effort to establish what had actually transpired.That threat was later realised as the War of 1812, but Speedy would not survive to see service in that conflict.Speedy carried four-pound guns and had a 55 foot, two-masted hull plus a 20 foot bowsprit, bringing her close to 80 feet in total length.Ogetonicut was suspected of exacting revenge for the killing of his brother, Whistling Duck.Although Ogetonicut was arrested near York, the crime had allegedly been committed in Newcastle District, and under British law of the time one had to be tried in the jurisdiction in which the crime was purported to have been committed.Sir Robert Isaac Dey Grey (of Bruce-Grey County fame), first Solicitor-General of Upper Canada was also on board.
Because of the location and geography of the area, as well as its location closer to the key community of Kingston, Ontario, there was speculation that Newcastle would eventually be designated the new capital of Upper Canada.The battle schooner or gunboat HMS Speedy sank in a snowstorm in Lake Ontario south of Brighton, Ontario and west of Prince Edward County, on 8 October 1804, with the loss of all hands.The sinking changed the course of Canadian history because of the prominence of the citizens of the tiny colony of Upper Canada lost in the disastrous event.High Constable Fisk was transporting a prisoner to court in Newcastle.The prisoner was Ogetonicut, a member of the Ojibway tribe, who was accused of murdering trading post operator John Sharpe near Lake Scugog.
By the morning of 9 October, the brothers managed to reach Newcastle's harbour. The schooner was sighted passing Presqu'ile Point at dusk on the 8th.