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Historic Scammon CoveHistoric Scammon Cove

By James G. Kelley & Dean Sandell

 

Parking and launching:  Big Shoal Bay Public Beach

Distance one way:  

Big Shoal Beach to Mill ruins      3.4 miles

Level: Intermediate 

Scammon Cove was the site of a turn of the century saw and shingle mills. A post office was opened in 1882 and by 1887 the population was reported to be 150.  In 1905, the saw and shingle mill operations were taken over by Kreetan Company of Tonawanda, New York.
Photo by D. Sandell
Scammon Cove was the site of a turn of the century saw and shingle mills. A post office was opened in 1882 and by 1887 the population was reported to be 150.  In 1905, the saw and shingle mill operations were taken over by Kreetan Company of Tonawanda, New York.  The settlement was renamed Kreetan and grew rapidly.  At one time Kreetan had general stores, a movie theater and a population that exceeds Drummond Island’s current population.  Later, in 1914, the name was changed to Johnswood. 

A railroad spur of the Duluth South Shore and Atlantic Railroad terminated at the shoreline dock.  In the 50’s it was the home to the Wayfarers Mart, a sporting good and outfitting store.  It was considered one of the largest of its kind in the Great Lakes region and beyond.  The Wayfarers Mart was ahead of it’s time but still stands today.  It is the large two story red building you can see from the water or Johnswood road.  Also visible from the water is the three story Stone mansion located at the water edge south of Wayfarers mart.  This impressive home was owned by the Kreetan Company.  Today both the Wayfarers Mart and the Stone Mansion are privately owned. 

 

To start your adventure park at the Big Shoal Bay Beach parking lot. Carry your kayak the 100 feet to the sand beach and head west around Scammon point.  Hug the coast line and follow the point around till you come to the Troy, a ship that sank in 1920.  The Troy is located at N 45 56.923’  W 83 37.922 and can be seen from the surface.

 

Cut across the bay from here and head towards the northeast shore.  Here you will see pilings from the original Kreetan docks. From here turn south, following the coast of Meade Island and at N 45 56.923 and W 83 37.922 you will find the Silver Spray.  This shipwreck also can be seen from the surface

 

The Scammon Cove area is a great area to explore in that it offers two ship wrecks from the 1920s, both tied to the lumbering era.  The Johnswood Mill, the Stone Mansion and the Wayfarers Mart are all important parts of Drummond Island’s History.

 

For more information on the ship wrecks Troy, Silver Spray or the Johnswood mill click on there pin on map.

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