The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Baltic (Steamboat), 1888

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Steam paddle FRANCES SMITH.* [no number] Of 640 gross tons. Built Owen Sound, Ont. 1967. 181 x 28 x 9.6.
      * Renamed BALTIC - Canada - [appears to have been rebuilt at Collingwood 1888}
      Herman Runge List

Collingwood, Sept. 5---Yesterday morning the steamer BALTIC, one of the pioneer steamers of the northern waters, was burned to the - waters edge in the Hurontario Street slip here. The fire was first noticed at a quarter to 3 o'clock. Fortunately there was only a very light wind and that from the south east, otherwise much valuable property in the immediate neighborhood would have been destroyed. The cribwork of the town wharf on the east and west side of the slip was burned, as was a few cords of wood owned by Messers Craig & Darling, whose tug was burned a few weeks ago near Michael's Bay. The burned steamer ( FRANCES SMITH, as she was formerly called )was the first large boat to be built at a ship-yard on the northern lakes. She was built to the order of Captain Smith, by Simpson at his ship-yard in Owen Sound, during the Winter of I866-67 , and was launched in June of the latter year.
That year she was placed on the route between Collingwood and Owen Sound in the place of Captain Smith's small river steamer CLIFTON, which had done a profitable business for some years previous. Capt. Smith commanded the FRANCES SMITH until his death in I872. After which Capt. Tait Robertson took charge. She was insured for $I5,000.
      Meaford 'Monitor'
      Friday, September II, 1896

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Baltic (Steamboat), 1888