The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Meaford Monitor (Meaford, ON), July 25, 1872, page 5

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The schooner Restless came in on Tuesday evening with a cargo of salt for J & W Stewart and R & H Fulton.

The Masonic excursion by the Algoma was a rather unfortunate one. Notwithstanding the cloudy morning and a slight roll on the bay about 400 went on board. The trip over was accomplished without other incident than plenty of sickness; the return was not so fortunate. The breeze having freshened after nightfall the Captain considered it dangerous to attempt a landing here during the night and consequently he cast anchor and lay till morning behind the Christian Island. Daylight showed the sea higher than ever, and instead of crossing to Meaford it was deemed wisest to go down before the wind to Collingwood where the boat lay until Friday evening. Some of the excursionists took teams from Collingwood home, come came up by the Spray, but most stuck to the Algoma which landed the party here in safety about nine on Friday evening. There were very few on board who did not succumb to the nauseating sea-sickness, and several of the more delicate ladies were seriously ill. Capt. McGregor has been blamed by some for not coming right through on Tuesday night, but we believe he is rather to be commended for his caution….

The Captain was exceedingly attentive to the suffering passengers; but as much cannot be said of the crew…For instance was it kindness, greed or extortion to charge 20 cents per teapot of hot water?

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Scott Cameron
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Meaford Monitor (Meaford, ON), July 25, 1872, page 5