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Art Auction



An original painting of the historic Helen MacLeod II fishing boat, by local artist Doug Darnbrough was auctioned online to raise funds for the Bayfield Historical Society. The winning bid was $4,700, with another $500 donated from a losing bidder.


Stephanie and Michael McDonald


Stephanie and Michael McDonald were the successful bidders of our Auction which closed on August 29, 2020. We thank all of those who took part in this successful fundraiser.

Bayfield Historical Society has blank greeting cards with envelopes for sale and will have posters available in October.


About the Artist

Doug DarnbroughArtist Doug Darnbrough (b. 1946 in Bayfield) attended the University of Windsor and the University of Guelph, graduating in 1973 with an Honours BA, majoring in Fine Art Studies. His works have been exhibited and sold at Solander, Niagara-on-the Lake; Thiesen Gallery, London; Canadian Arts, Stratford; Canvas Gallery, Hamilton; Homestead Gallery, Paris, Ont.; Graffiti Graphics, Bayfield; and Benjamin's Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y. Doug's work is part of the collection at the Canadian consulate in London, England, and of the following corporate collections: Canadian National Railway; Torwest Properties, Commerce Court, Toronto; and CIBC, Toronto. Doug considers artist and educator Eric Cameron and photorealist artist Ken Danby to be two of his biggest influences.




Note: The artist Doug Darnbrough has generously granted to the Bayfield Historical Society all rights of sale and reproduction of his painting of the Helen MacLeod II. The Bayfield Historical Society has scanned the painting and will retain the right to reproduce prints of it.


History of the Helen MacLeod II

Louis MacLeodThe Helen MacLeod II, a Lake Huron schooner, was built in 1925 by Louie MacLeod (1888-1961) in Bayfield. It had an overall length of 36 feet, a beam of 10 feet, and a 3-foot-6-inch draft. For good luck, Louie used a piece of the Malta, which had been shipwrecked near the Bayfield shoreline in 1882. Cypress wood was ordered from Louisiana, and local red beech wood was used in the “boxed heart” keel. The Bayfield hardware store ordered a barrel of nails for the construction. Photo showing Louie MacLeod mending fishing nets.

The schooner was used to supply fish, a staple food at the time. Louie's daughter Margaret MacLeod Fawcett remembered salt-preserving 50 pounds of trout caught by her father, which was stored in crocks for the winter: "The trout would need to be boiled to get the salt out of it to eat." The first Helen MacLeod was built in 1890 by Louie's father, Hugh MacLeod (1834-1908), an immigrant from the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, who settled in Bayfield. Hugh named the vessel after his daughter Helen. Wooden boats at the time had a life span of about 25 years. The Helen MacLeod II is currently stored in Bayfield, with plans to display the schooner for public viewing.