Notorious ferry boat master Martha “Patty” Cannon did more than transport people across the Naticoke River at Woodland Ferry in Delaware. She and her band of hooligans captured, sold, and transported freed slaves back to plantations in the South. One of the most notorious places she would keep her captured slave out of the public eye, was a secluded island on the Naticoke that became known as “Shackle Island”. For centuries, the island itself has been a ghost. No one seemed to know where it was located, until recently.
|Some have discovered ruins of a moss covered boat and believe that this marks the spot of the lost Shackle Island where the notorious slave smuggler Patty Cannon hid some of her victims.|