The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Frances Smith (Steamboat), 1 May 1873

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This magnificent steamer, which was engaged last year in the Lake Superior trade, will again be engaged this season in the same trade, The great cares and attention exercised by her commander, Captain W. Tate Robertson in the management of the vessel, together with the kindness and gentlemanly demeanor towards everybody with whom he came in contact and the splendid accommodation which the boat afforded to passengers and shippers, made her the
universal favourite of the line of steamers in connection with which she ran. This year new and costly attractions and comforts have been added to those which she already possessed in her saloons and state rooms and she has received as well a thorough overhauling in her engine and hull. All defective planks have been removed from her hull and their places supplied with perfectly new and sound ones, and her engine and boilers have been thoroughly repaired. Inside and out she has been painted anew; her saloons state rooms, bath rooms, etc. have all been elegantly furnished with new furniture, and her state rooms hung with new gold and scarlet damask curtains, The panels on the main saloon side of the state room doors have all been handsomely mirrored, and the intervening panels beautifully ornamented with transfer pictures of bouquets of flowers, with which the ladies saloon has also been ornamented. Although the route on which the Frances runs possesses numerous channs and attractions for pleasure seekers, many are afraid to travel over it; but under such officers as her commander, Captain Robertson; Mr, John Wood first mate and Mr, John Lee chief engineer, there need be no fear for the safety of lives entrusted on board of her. Passengers and traders will be courteously dealt with by the gentlemanly purser Mr. J. Robertson; and under the judicious management of the obliging and urbane steward, Mr, Duncan Macpherson, the wants and comforts of the passengers will be readily attended to.
      Owen Sound Advertiser
      May 1 1873

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Frances Smith (Steamboat), 1 May 1873