The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Florence (Propeller), 22 Jul 1867

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The FLORENCE, in command of the careful Capt. Wilcox, left her moorings about 2:00 yesterday afternoon with some 200 excursionists on board, for Port Colborne. The wind was blowing quite fresh from the southward, and before the fleet craft had reached Pt. Abino some 40 or 50 of the passengers, who probably had eaten hearty dinners before leaving home, were seized with the horrible disease of the sea. The victims sustained their affliction with becoming fortitude, and some of the more fortunate excursionists seemed to reagard their condition with malicious satisfaction. Among the afflicted was a little doggie, which attracted much attention by the graceful manner in which he evidenced the effects of Old Neptune's emetic. On arriving at Port Colborne the entire party disembarked, and took a view of the town and the canal locks, much to the astonishment of the burghers. When the boat left the wharf to return , a large number of people assembled, and waved the party a kindly adieu. The only thing which detracted from the pleasure of the trip was a slight shower, which sprang up a moment after the FLORENCE reached the foot of Main St. Next Sunday the boat will make a trip down the Niagara River.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      July 22, 1867 4-4

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Florence (Propeller), 22 Jul 1867