TOUR STOP 4: The Plane Crash - 130 Mill St.

The Plane Crash

On a Saturday evening in June 1941, a young woman from Seeley's Bay accompanied some friends to the Golden Slipper Dance Hall near Kingston.  Also in attendance was a group of British Airmen from the Empire Training School at Collins Bay.

The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan was a joint military air training program created during the second Word War. It remains one of the largest aviation training programs in history and trained nearly half the pilots and crew who served in the Royal Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force and New Zealand Air Force during the war.

A few days after meeting at the dance, one of the British airmen, ALA William McCulloch, was so smitten with the Seeley's Bay lass that he flew to the village to salute his new found love. While making a low pass over the village in a Fairey "Battle", the plan caught a utility wire, struck a barn and careened toward Bay Street where it crashed into a row of boathouses.

Unfortunately, the young pilot lost his life that day as well as a local carpenter, James Free and his 13 year old grandson, Harold Battams who were working in one of the boathouses.

Seeley's Bay Heritage Walking Tour - 130 Mill Street
  1. TOUR STOP 2: Seeley's Bay Wharf and the Rideau Queen - 130 Mill St.
  2. TOUR STOP 3: Seeley's Bay Saw Mill (Hartley's) - 136 Mill St.
  3. TOUR STOP 4: The Plane Crash - 130 Mill St.
  4. TOUR STOP 5: Horse Racing and Ice Cutting on the Bay
  5. TOUR STOP 6: The Dr. Christie House - 148 Mill St.
  6. TOUR STOP 7: The National Hotel - 160 Main St.
  7. TOUR STOP 8: The Brown House- Bootlegger - 179 Main St.
  8. TOUR STOP 9: Home of John Bracken - 172 Main St.
  9. TOUR STOP 10: The Hotchkiss House Murder - 196 Main St.
  10. TOUR STOP 11: Coleman's Hotel - 152 Main St.
  11. TOUR STOP 12: Dr. Gardiner House- presently Ridgway Confections - 159 Main St.
  12. TOUR STOP 13: The Bank - 148 Main St.
  13. TOUR STOP 14: Stage Coach Depot/ George Cheetham's Blacksmith Shop - 103 Bracken St.
  14. TOUR STOP 15: Kelly’s Fresh Mart formerly Sweets - 144 Main St.
  15. TOUR STOP 16: St. Peter's Anglican Church - 155 Main St.
  16. TOUR STOP 17: Dr. Bowen's House -145 Main Street
  17. TOUR STOP 18: Seeley's Bay Masonic Hall - 108 Adelaide St.
  18. TOUR STOP 19: Seeley's Bay United Church - 129 Hellen St.
  19. TOUR STOP 20 - A. Neal and Son, Brick and Tile Co. Circa 1900 - 109 Hellen St.
  20. TOUR STOP 21: A.J. Sly's Furniture and Undertaking - 140 Main St.
  21. TOUR STOP 22: Gilbert Carriage Works - 129 Main St.
  22. TOUR STOP 23: Gilt Edge Cheese Factory - 118 Main St.
  23. TOUR STOP 24: Sunny Acres- The Ashery - 119 Haskins Point Rd.
  24. TOUR STOP 25: Haskins Point - 148 Haskins Point Rd.