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A. F. Bowman (Propeller), C116385, 1906

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Steam screw FAVORITE.* Official Canada No. 94762. Of 491 gross tons. Built at Meaford, Ont., in 1889. 130.0 x 25.0 x 10.0.
      * Renamed CITY OF PARRY SOUND - Canada - 1901
      Herman Runge List
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FAVORITE; CITY OF PARRY SOUND, built Meaford 1889 rebuilt as CITY OF PARRY SOUND in 1893. Canadian Official Number, 94762. 130 x 25 x 10, of 491 tons gross. Burnt at Collingwood October 9, 1900
      Prelim. List of Canadian Merchant Vessels
      Inland & Coastal, 1809 to 1930
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      Last Saturday was a gala day in Meaford, the occasion being the launching of the fine new passenger steamer "FAVORITE" It had been announced by posters that the Town bell would be rung half an hour before launching, that the stores would be closed during the time. So everybody would have an oppertunity, to be present. About 2:30 a. m., the bell rung, and by that time hundreds of people were streaming down the river, many of whom had come from the country to see the sight. The Meaford Cornet Band took up a position on the river side, below the building yard, and opened the entertainment with fine music. An extempore platform was erected underneath the Bows of the steamer, upon which a delegation of citizens met Captain Sutherland. Mr, Chas. Farrar and other members of the Steamboat Company. Mayor Cleland then made a few remarks explaining the object they had in view. Three rousing cheers were given for Captain Sutherland and the Company, three for the Queen, and three for Capt. Chisholm who had shown his skill as a boat-builder, in giving us such a vessel. On the conclusion of the ceremonies the work of removing the props was proceeded with, which took about half an hour. The Nelson St. bridge and the west bank of the river and along by the fish shanties was all crowded with spectators. And just before the FAVORITE took the slide the ATLANTIC came up to the dock, and numbers from her came and witnessed the launch. Miss Olive Farrar broke the bottle of wine and gave the name, and just as soon as the wedges beneath the slides drove their greasy surface to the vessel's keel, the guys cut away she went in as slick as a duck takes to it's natural element. The cheers of the multitude rang out merrilly, the ATLANTIC's steam whistle gave a hearty encore and the Cornet Band struck up a lively tune while the fine new steamer was floated over to the west side of the river where she was tied up to receive the balance of her machinery and outfit. The launch was a splendid success. And such a vessel to be owned that will prove a lasting benefit to our fine town.
      Meaford Monitor
      Friday, May 17, 1889
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Collingwood, Ont. Oct. 9. -- Passenger steamer CITY OF PARRY SOUND burned at her wharf here. The steamer had arrived from Sault Ste. Marie last night and most of her cargo had been removed. The fire started in the boiler room and was soon beyong control. When it was seen that the vessel could not be saved the burning hulk was towed out into the bay. The steamer was valued at $30,000 and insured for $15,000.
      Detroit Free Press
      October 10, 1900

      Here's an interesting compound Rename, of which you can choose to accept 2/3 or all. There's no doubt that the Georgian Bay packet Favourite was renamed City of Parry Sound, and that the latter burned in 1900. However, years ago (I barely remembered it) I ran into an letter in the Detroit Marine Historian in which the correspondent claimed that the tug A.F. Bowman was built several years later on the bottom of the City of Parry Sound. It seems I cut out all of the letter except that part that deals with the unexplained fire damage to the hull of the Bowman. No one else seems to have done anything with the notion, and I've never investigated it further. It does sound plausible, however.
      Possible rename courtesy Lauchlan MacRae

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A. F. Bowman (Propeller), C116385, 1906