The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Alberta (Propeller), C85765, 23 Aug 1884

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A special dispatch from Detroit last night said: "The steel stm. ALBERTA, which recently collided with the stm. J.M. OSBORN on Lake Superior during a dense fog, has been thoroughly repaired and left here today to resume her regular trips. Since the collision much has been said about her being cumbersome and unwieldy, to which the accident was partially attributed. In order to demonstrate the truth or falsity of the this statement, the manager of the line, Mr. Beatey arranged this morning to take a number of vessel men and maritime lawyers on board and give them an exhibition of her handling capacity in a short trip up and down. Her steering apparatus and reversing machinery for propelling engines are both operated by steam. After running up from the foot of Second St. to the D.G.H. & M. elevator her engines slowed down to 35 revolutions speed, as on the occasion of the collision, from which they reversed to back at full stroke. Backing commenced almost instantly on the signal being given and the ponderous craft lost all her headway in 1 1/4 minutes, only going ahead a lenght and a half after the backing bell had been rung. She ran to Sandwich Pt., and then was stopped again and backed while going down stream; this time it was 2 minutes before she lost headway, and she went ahead 3 lengths after the signal. Mayor Drummond and Capt. Nicholson each took the wheel at different times and expressed the opinion that she handled as well as any vessel they ever had hold of.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      August 23, 1884 1-9

Steam screw ALBERTA. Official Canada No. 85765. Of 2,282 tons gross; 1551 tons reg. Built Whiteinch, Scotland, 1883. Home port, Montreal, Que. 263.5 x 38.2 x 23.3. Owned by Canadian Pacific Railway, Montreal, Que.
      List of Vessels on the Registry of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1898

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Alberta (Propeller), C85765, 23 Aug 1884