Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Manitoba (Steamboat), 11 Aug 1871
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STEAMERS BUILDING. - Two large steamers, to be named respectively the MANITOBA and CUMBERLAND, are building and well advanced towards completion at Collingwood, Georgian Bay. They are intended for the route between that port and Fort William, Lake Superior. "Their speed will exceed, if possible, the famous CHICORA, and their furnishings throughout will be unsurpassed by any steamer on fresh water." Which statements may be taken with some grains of allowence.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, August 11, 1871

THE MANITOBA - This splendid new steamer, for the Collingwood and LaKe Superior Line, made her appearance in our harbour on Sunday morning. On her way from Thorald she was unfortunate enough to get on the rocks near the Isle of Coves. The fog was so dense that it was impossible to see ahead, and when the steamer grounded she was moving so slowly that she did not suffer any damage. She was pulled off by the WAUBUNO and FRANCIS SMITH. The MANITOBA is a beautiful steamer, and is fitted up in a style which makes it difficult to resist taking a trip to Fort William She is 186 feet long, 28 feet beam, 47 feet over all, 11 feet hold, and carries a 300 horsepower engine, with 44 inch cylinder and 9 foot stroke. She has 47 staterooms, which are fitted up with every convenience. She has cost the Messrs Beatty about $60,000, and we must congratulate them upon bringing to our harbour such a splendid specimen of their enterprise. Her commander is Capt. Symes, who is too well and favourably known to require any recommendation Mr. McDougall formerly of the WAUBUNO, is the purser. We wish for the MANITOBA a long pleasant prosperous career. She left last night on her first trip to Fort William.
      Collingwood Bulletin
      August 30, 1871

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Manitoba (Steamboat), 11 Aug 1871