The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 18, 1868

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p.2 The Steamer Francis Smith - The expedition to raise this vessel, sunk in Georgian Bay, from the establishment of Calvin & Breck, under the superintendence of Mr. John Donnelley (sic - Donnelly), has returned without accomplishing their undertaking. The men and apparatus had been shipped on board the steamer Algoma, at Georgian Bay, and everything was ready for a start to the site of the sunken vessel when a difficulty arose between the insurance companies respecting the risk upon the Algoma, the owners being desirous of insuring to the amount of $1,400, which two out of five of the companies refused to entertain, and her owners refused to allow her to depart on other terms. The enterprise was therefore abandoned. The Francis Smith lies on a rock, where she was scuttled by her captain to save her being driven ashore beyond recovery, near the entrance to Byng Inlet, about 95 miles distant from Collingwood. Mr. Donnelley states that when he arrived at Georgian Bay on the 2nd instant, the snow was lying deep, nearly four feet on the level, and the whole landscape was shrouded in the drapery of midwinter, with the exception of the lake, the ice upon which had not yet taken to any great extent.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 18, 1868